Purnima Kapur is Harvard University’s Chief of University Planning and Design. She brings more than 25 years of experience in the New York City Planning Department, culminating with her appointment by Mayor Bill de Blasio as the Executive Director of the City Planning Department, where she oversaw all land use planning and policies for the City of New York’s neighborhood planning studies, economic development, and resiliency initiatives.
Over the years, Purnima has also provided consulting services on projects in New York City, the United Kingdom, Australia, and closer to home, to Harvard’s Allston planning activities. Purnima serves as an adjunct professor at Columbia University where she teaches courses in zoning, planning, affordable housing, resiliency and waterfront development.
Purnima holds a Master’s in City Planning and Architecture Studies and a Master of Science of Architecture Studies from MIT. She also holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the School of Planning and Architecture Delhi.