Bio / CV

ABOUT ME



I am an urban designer that more than anything wants to create places that people enjoy. I have a special affinity for public spaces – especially streets – which I want to improve through interventions of public process, design, programming, etc. I was born and raised in the suburbs of Oklahoma City and my passion for that city is it what inspired the creation of this blog, hoping that the dialogue would produce ideas that contribute to the city’s quality of life. I currently live in Boston where I am pursuing a Master in City Planning degree (+ urban design certificate) at MIT. I share a 460 sf apartment with my beautiful wife Maggie. She is about to finish culinary school; her cooking is only one of the many reasons why I think she is amazing. We enjoy traveling, snow skiing, and an occasional night at home watching movies!

Blair Humphreys | +1 617 513 0533 | blair.d.humphreys@gmail.com | blair@mit.edu


CURRENT STATUS



Finishing graduate school in June and am patiently awaiting word on what happens next.


CURRICULUM VITAE



Education

2007 – current: Massachusetts Institute of Technology / boston, ma
Master in City Planning and Urban Design Certificate Candidate

2001 – 2005: University of Oklahoma / norman, ok
Bachelor of Business Administration in Entrepreneurship & Venture Mgmt
team leader, Integrated Business Core Program
Led team of peers in the development and marketing of a consumer product.
Program provided an introduction the multifaceted process of starting a new business.

national merit scholar



Professional
Experience

2008: Goody Clancy / boston, ma
intern, planning and urban design group
Summer internship assisting team on various urban design and planning projects.

2006 – 2007: The Urban Land Institute / oklahoma city, ok
founder, ULI Oklahoma District Council
Engaged design, planning, and real estate practitioners in Oklahoma
City to garner support for the creation of a District Council of the Urban Land
Institute. My efforts included establishing an executive committee, and planning
and coordinating a kickoff event that attracted over 200 persons.

2006 – 2007: Oklahoma City Planning Department / oklahoma city, ok
intern, Urban Redevelopment Division
Assisted on Core 2 Shore, a major planning and land-use study covering 590
acres of property adjacent to downtown Oklahoma City.

2005 – 2007: Humphreys Development, LLC / oklahoma city, ok
manager, IU Equity 2005 – built
Performed financial analysis, produced private offering, created investor partnership, and raised capital to provide equity financing for a restaurant. Designed and developed website.
developer, Vermont Business Park – under development
Oversaw financial analysis, project planning and zoning review for
business warehouse development. Designed and developed website.
developer, Hampton Park – unbuilt
Oversaw planning and design for 15 acre residential community.

2005: Urban Form LLC / oklahoma city, ok
associate developer, Block 42 – built
Assisted during nascent stages of design and development on an urban mid-rise
condominium project.




Awards

2009, january 19 – ongoing: 2009 ULI Urban Design Competition / boston, ma
Finalist – Top four
team leader, MIT Team 0770
Led five member team in producing “Panorama Station” which earned one of four finalist spots. Competition is ongoing; we are currently still in contention to win.

2009, spring: Norman B. (1938) and Muriel Leventhal Fellowship / boston, ma
fellow, MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning
Selected to receive fellowship established to assist students in the City Design and Development program group engaged in “the field of of city building and large-scale urban environments.”

2008, january 21 – february 4: 2008 ULI Urban Design Competition / boston, ma
Honorable Mention
team leader, MIT Team 1957
Led five member team in producing “Digital Thread”, a proposal that received “Honorable Mention” and placed in the top 7 out of 96 teams competing.




Other
Academic
Experience

2006 – 2007: University of Oklahoma / oklahoma city, ok
assistant, College of Architecture, OKC Studio
Under the guidance of Prof. Hans Butzer, produced proposal for a new urban
park intended to enhance pedestrian connections while creating a sense of
place and identity for an emerging urban neighborhood.

2007, may 16 – june 9: University of Oklahoma / china
ARCH 4970 Urban Design Seminar
Course explored topics of planning and urban design in Beijing, Wuxi, Suzhou,
Hangzhou, and Shanghai.

2005, november: CCIM Institute / boston, ma
CI 101: Financial Analysis for Commercial Real Estate Investment




Computer
Literacy

Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, SketchUp, Wordpress, Dreamweaver, Acrobat Professional, Excel, and Powerpoint.