Jeff Byles is an author, editor, and community revitalization consultant deeply committed to the belief that communities can be inspired and renewed through the power of place. Jeff draws on twenty years of experience in writing, editing, research, program development, advocacy, and public engagement. In his role as Partnership Director of Being Here Landscape Architecture & Environmental Design, PLLC, Jeff works collaboratively with public and private-sector partners to help places and communities — from rural to urban, and at scales from small sites to neighborhoods to regions — create ecological, social, and economic vitality. Jeff's expertise in the worlds of public design and community revitalization includes leadership roles at Van Alen Institute, where he oversaw research initiatives in program areas exploring the intersection of urban form and well-being, and, as the Institute’s Interim Executive Director in 2012–2013, led design competitions and public programs devoted to transforming the built environment for partners including the U.S. National Park Service and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Jeff is the author of Rubble: Unearthing the History of Demolition (Harmony Books, 2005), and A History of Design from the Victorian Era to the Present (Norton, 2011, with Ann Ferebee). His writing has appeared in The New York Times, the Village Voice, Cabinet, The Believer, and other publications. Jeff previously served as Managing Editor of The Architect’s Newspaper, collaborating on the paper’s award-winning coverage of architecture and design. He has lectured internationally on architecture, landscape, and the future of the city. Since 2014, Jeff has championed the role of public design as a Director of The Fine Arts Federation of New York, an advocate for design excellence in New York City and beyond.