Jeff Byles is an author and urban thinker deeply engaged in public design and its role as a catalyst for cultural innovation. Through his role as partnership director of Being Here Landscape Architecture & Environmental Design, PLLC, a collaborative design and consulting practice, Jeff works at the intersection of site and society to create places and communities that foster well-being. Jeff’s expertise in public design 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. Previously, Jeff served as managing editor of The Architect’s Newspaper in New York. Jeff’s publications include Rubble: Unearthing the History of Demolition (2005), and A History of Design from the Victorian Era to the Present (2011, with Ann Ferebee). Jeff has lectured internationally on architecture, landscape, and the future of the city. He currently serves as president of The Fine Arts Federation of New York, an advocate for design excellence in New York City and beyond.