Vice President, Urban Resilience
Urban Land Institute

As Vice President of Urban Resilience, Katharine Burgess leads the Urban Land Institute’s Urban Resilience Program. Through research, advisory services, convenings and outreach, ULI’s Urban Resilience Program helps ULI members, the industry and communities be more resilient to the impacts of climate change. At ULI, she has authored and co-authored recent reports on climate resilience, real estate and land use including Climate Change and Real Estate Investment Decision-Making, Harvesting the Value of Water and Scorched: Extreme Heat and Real Estate. An urban planner with fifteen years of experience, she has practiced in the US, UK and Germany, with global project work across the US, Europe and Asia. She began her career at Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company, where she managed post-Katrina hurricane recovery charrettes commissioned by the States of Louisiana and Mississippi and the City of New Orleans. Since then, her projects have included a range of large-scale, mixed-use masterplanning initiatives designed to encourage pedestrian activity and integrate green infrastructure, including campus plans, downtown revitalization plans, urban extensions and a new town for 10,000 people in Scotland. Her research work has included landscape performance research for the Landscape Architecture Foundation, as well as international urban policy research for the Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship program. Ms. Burgess holds an MSc in Regional and Urban Planning from the London School of Economics and a BA from Williams College.