Jae Shin and Damon Rich


To cajole, prod, intimidate, browbeat, renegotiate, plead, torment, threaten, and menace: these acts of hectoring invoke the physical and symbolic powers imputed to the built environment as well as the sometimes awkward demands of urban design practice. Join Hector partners Jae Shin and Damon Rich for a talk about finding inspiration and motivation in the everyday politics of how we build the places we live.

Hector is an urban design, planning, and civic arts practice whose recent projects include a memorial for eco-feminist Sister Carol Johnston, redesign of a four-acre neighborhood park in one of Philadelphia’s most multiplex neighborhoods, and creation of a 250-square-foot land-use model of Newark, New Jersey, commemorating passage of the city’s first zoning law in 50 years. Hector’s work has been exhibited at the Queens Museum, Lisbon Architecture Triennale, Newark Public Library, and the Museum of Modern Art.


1: Hector, Space Brainz: Accountable Development Now, 2017
2: Newark Riverfront Park, 2008–2013
3: Newark Riverfront Park, 2008–2013
4: Mifflin Square Park design and neighborhood plan, 2017-2018. Model built by OST students and Hector at Mifflin Public Conversation hosted by Cambodian Association of Greater Philadelphia.


Co-organized by the MIT Departments of Architecture and Urban Studies and Planning (DUSP) and the Center for Real Estate (CRE)

Jae Shin and Damon Rich


Jae Shin is a designer and partner at Hector. She recently served as an Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellow at the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), where she facilitated efforts to define and implement design principles for preserving and rehabilitating New York City’s public housing. She holds degrees in painting from Rhode Island School of Design and architecture from Princeton University. Her projects have received support from the MacDowell Colony and the National Endowment for the Arts, and she has led design studios at New Jersey Institute of Technology and the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

Damon Rich PP AICP is a designer, urban planner, and partner at Hector. He previously served as planning director and chief urban designer for the City of Newark and is the founder of the Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP), an internationally recognized nonprofit organization that uses art and design to increase meaningful civic engagement. His work has been recognized by the MacArthur Fellowship, American Planning Association National Planning Award, the Cooper Hewitt National Design Award, the Loeb Fellowship in Advanced Environmental Studies at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, the MacDowell Colony, and the United States Pavilion at the 11th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice.