Ian Sinclair

Ian Sinclair

Brooklyn, NY, US



I'm a designer, writer, and researcher based in New York City.

My background is in landscape and architecture. My work focuses on urban land use and bulk regulations, and I am particularly interested in low-income and public housing, landscape planning, and real property law.

Please see my website <> for more info.



New York City Department of City Planning, New York, NY, US, City Planner, Zoning Division

Write and develop land use regulations and zoning frameworks for New York City at both the neighborhood and citywide scales. I perform geospatial and technical design analysis for agency proposals, and assist borough planners with urban design, zoning, and policy consultation.

Oct 2014 - current

PennDesign/OLIN, Philadelphia + New York, Designer & Researcher

Aided in design, research, and visualization for PennDesign/OLIN’s Rebuld by Design proposal for Hunts Point, Bronx. My work has focused on integrated waterfront flood protection, the integration of food distribution infrastructure with public space and pedestrian access, and the costs and benefits of using Hunts Point as an emergency supply chain hub. In addition, I have researched techniques for procurement that can have a positive impact on local job growth and how those techniques affect specific design elements.

Jan 2014 - May 2014

Chris Marcinkoski, Philadelphia, PA, US, Research Associate & Data Analyst

Researched a broad history of speculative development as well as the policy, zoning, and land use planning that currently underwrites development in Madrid, Spain. This research formed the basis for two timelines. In addition, I mapped, categorized, and analyzed development around Madrid. My work has been for Christopher Marcinkoski’s forthcoming novel The City That Never Was.

Aug 2013 - May 2014

PennDesign: LARP 611, Philadelphia, PA, US, Teaching Assistant

Taught technical grading, slope analysis, hydrology and water management for open and closed systems, road design, and road alignment under Andrew Schlatter

Aug 2013 - Dec 2013

David Gouverneur, Philadelphia, PA, US, Copy Editor + Research Assistant

Edited, researched, and contributed to David Gouverneur’s forthcoming novel Planning and Design for Future Informal Settlements. Research, analysis, and mapping focused on ‘sites and services’ projects and informal settlement growth patterns and tendencies.

Aug 2012 - Nov 2013

New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, New York, NY, US, Freshkills Park Design Intern

Created the base maps for design development in preparation for Freshkills Park East Mound. Included topography, ecological regimes, relevant site structures, sub-surface infrastructure, surface infrastructure, hydrological, and overall site plan.

Jul 2012 - Aug 2012

Chelsea Garden Center, New York, NY, US, Gardender, Installation Team

Constructed backyards, roof gardens, and streetfront planting, in both small-scale residential and large-scale commercial areas. Included maintenance of existing landscape as well as fabrication of new lawn, beds, pots, and planters.

Jun 2012 - Aug 2012


University of Pennsylvania School of Design, Philadelphia, PA, US, Masters, Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning

Aug 2011 - Jan 2014

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, US, Bachelors, Undergraduate Architecture

Aug 2009 - May 2011


OLIN Fellowship, Nomination


Taubman College Wallenberg Scholarship, 1st Place


Taubman College Willeke Portfolio Competition, 2nd Place


Areas of Specialization