Senior Regional Planner & Transportation Specialist, AICP
Chris Kuschel joined MAPC in the Fall of 2012. Working with members in various divisions within MAPC, Chris focuses largely on ways in which the built environment affects people’s health. Projects include working with various communities to increase walkability, improve access to healthy foods, and incentivize development in a more sustainable manner.
Prior to joining MAPC, Chris worked as an intern for Sasaki Associates, a multi-disciplinary urban planning and design firm, located in Watertown. During graduate school he supplemented his academic studies with work relevant to urban planning and public health. In the summer of 2011 he received a grant to work in Hanoi, Vietnam for HealthBridge, a Canadian non-governmental organization, in its Livable Cities Program. The aim of this program is to improve public health in developing countries through interventions in the built environment. Chris concentrated on helping to preserve the city’s fresh food markets, an imperative for both health and cultural reasons. In addition, he interned with the Interdisciplinary Consortium of Urban Planning and Public Health (ICUPPH), researching domestic urban planning interventions to improve health outcomes and behaviors.
Prior to enrolling in an urban planning graduate program, Chris worked as a consultant in PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Health Industries practice, focusing on the Firm’s thought leadership, as well as providing business and financial advisory services to a variety of stakeholders in the healthcare sector.
Chris graduated in May 2012 with a master degree in urban planning from Harvard Graduate School of Design, where he concentrated in public health and urban design. He also has a master in economics and finance from Brandeis University, where he also received undergraduate degrees in economics and art history. Chris is a Certified Planner through the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP).
Areas of Expertise: Urban planning and public health issues, land use and zoning, urban design