Mayor Michelle Wu and the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) today announced the appointment of Diana Fernandez Bibeau as the new Deputy Chief of Urban Design, to develop and execute a human-scale and inclusive vision for Built Environment Design Across Boston.
“Diana is a dynamic problem solver and inclusive designer with years of experience reimagining how our built environment can reflect and empower our communities. I’m thrilled to bring her vision to the work we do every day at the within the municipal government,” said Mayor Michelle Wu. “I look forward to Diana joining Chief Jemison and the Boston Planning and Development Agency in elevating design in our city and partnering in this very important work.”
Under the guidance of Chief Planning Officer Arthur Jemison, Fernandez will elevate the importance of urban design and champion the transformative power of sustainable, walkable communities for all ages and abilities. In partnership with Chief Jemison and the BPDA’s Urban Design Department, Fernandez will work to strategically transform BPDA’s existing urban design processes to promote predictability and quality for community members and the development industry.
“I welcome Diana to this new role and to the new journey we are embarking on together in our city,” said chief planner Arthur Jemison. “I look forward to working with her to develop a vision for the design of the city and our public realm that will enhance resilience and promote equity in the future. »
As part of his work, Fernandez will partner on the Mayor’s Green New Deal program with city departments, including the Boston Department of Transportation, Department of the Environment, Parks, Office of Housing, public works, public amenities, Boston Public Schools and the Boston public. Libraries, to align urban design efforts within a holistic vision of Boston.
“It is an honor to join Mayor Wu and Chief Arthur Jemison in charting a heterogeneous design vision for the City of Boston,” Deputy Chief Fernandez said. “I am excited to tap into the great diversity of experiences, perspectives, and creativity within this city to shape urban design strategies that will inclusively serve all Bostonians. I look forward to working collaboratively to define and realize that vision.
Fernandez has worked at several companies in Philadelphia and Boston to create a design practice that reassesses policies that have perpetuated racial, gender, environmental, and socioeconomic inequalities, and implements design methodologies capable of addressing them. and correct them. His experience covers a wide range of projects from planning to construction works. She also provides critical thinking and design leadership for landscape and urban design practices nationally through the Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF), the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), and the American Planning Association (APA).
Fernandez was born in the Dominican Republic in a village without running water or electricity and immigrated to New York with her parents and younger sister when she was five years old. As a teenage mother, she graduated from high school and then attended college at Temple University in Philadelphia, where she majored in landscape architecture.
Fernandez is a proven thinker, collaborator, and leader, effortlessly teaming up with architects, planners, planners, environmentalists, and civil engineers on designing equitable and sustainable places. She writes and lectures on discourses of landscape architecture, urban design and equity. His work has been published and nationally recognized by the Urban Land Institute (ULI), ASLA, Society for College and University Planning (SCUP), American Institute of Architects (AIA), and APA . She was also awarded the 2019-2020 LAF Fellowship in Leadership and Innovation, received the Emerging Professional Medal in 2020, and was named a 30 under 30 leader for Temple University. Diana is a proud mother of four and an avid gardener with her husband Devin Bibeau.