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Arun Jain joined the City of Portland (Oregon, USA) as its first Chief Urban Designer in December 2002.
In this role he advises Portland's Mayor and the city (city council, public agencies, private developers, designers and citizens) on issues surrounding the physical quality of Portland. A key aspect of his work is to integrate public investment in infrastructure and private investment in buildings to create wonderful places.
Arun has over 25 years of international experience as an urban designer in practice and academia. Trained as an architect, he holds two masters degrees from the University of Pennsylvania's Urban Design Program. Arun is an invited teacher, critic and speaker at universities, public agencies and development groups around the world. Prior to Portland, he taught for over 10 years at the University of California, Berkeley.
Arun also mentors development issues and creative thinking in several international forums. He was recently elected the US representative to the International Federation of Housing and Planning's (IFHP) Bureau.
Professionally and philosophically, Arun continues to search for better balances between the environmental, economic and ethical dimensions of sustainability.