Nilus Klingel

Nilus Klingel

New York, NY, US



Urban planner skilled in historical and legislative research, GIS, Adobe Creative Suite, construction codes, and the NYC Zoning Resolution. Experienced public sector professional, with architectural training and a MArch II inArchitecture and Urban Design from Syracuse University.



NYC Department of City Planning, New York, NY, US, Senior Urban Planner

Zoning Division lead planner on city-led studies and major private applications, including the Anable Basin Special District, Gowanus Special District, Governors Island Rezoning, and other industrial and mixed-use zoning projects. Coordinator of agency's internal zoning interpretation process, and heavily involved in interagency coordination on zoning interpretation.

Aug 2019 - current

NYC Department of City Planning, New York, NY, Assistant Urban Designer

Conduct urban design, land use, and zoning analyses. Offer graphic, design, zoning, and architectural expertise to support agency projects surrounding flood resilience.

Jul 2014 - Aug 2019

Upstate Center for Design, Research, and Real Estate, Syracuse, NY, US, Fellow

Responsibilities include: research on the history and formal implications of zoning and development of zoning overlay districts; schematic landscape and urban design; production of client presentations; preparation of academic publications, symposia; website development and maintenance; grant-writing and foundation relationships; client and stakeholder coordination on large-scale city-wide urban design initiatives such as the Connective Corridor and Near Westside Initiative.

Jun 2011 - Aug 2012

Bentel and Bentel Architects / Planners LLP, Architectural Intern

Created, maintained, and revised construction drawing sets; produced study and presentation models; performed site documentation; prepared client presentations; was heavily involved in coordinating a bid set with project contractor, lighting designer, and owners.

May 2010 - Aug 2010

PARA-Project LLC, Architectural Intern

Performed research; liased with material suppliers; assisted with on-site installation of wall cladding systems, and other aspects of a project in Syracuse, NY.

May 2009 - Jul 2009


Syracuse University, MArch II, Architecture

Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation Engagement Fellow

May 2011 - May 2012

Syracuse University, BArch, Architecture

Cum Laude, University Honors

Aug 2006 - May 2011


Chancellor's Award for Public Scholarship & Engagement, Award

Syracuse University honors students, faculty, staff and community partners who exemplify SU’s commitment to engagement with the community and 'Scholarship in Action' with 2012 Chancellor’s Award for Public Engagement and Scholarship (CAPES). SU students, faculty and staff engage in tens of thousands of hours of community-based work that benefits the Syracuse community, the Central New York region and the world. Public scholarship is done through the Mary Ann Shaw Center for Public and Community Service (Shaw Center), as well as many other SU/community partnerships and programs. The Chancellor’s Award for Public Engagement and Scholarship (CAPES) recognizes commitment to Scholarship in Action and investment in the public good.


Alpha Rho Chi Medal, Award

In 1931, the Alpha Rho Chi Medal was established to "encourage professional leadership by rewarding student accomplishment." The medal is awarded to the graduating senior who has shown an affinity for leadership, performed willing service for the school, and gives promise of real professional merit through his or her attitude and personality.


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