Christine Gaspar is Executive Director of the Center for Urban Pedagogy, a nonprofit whose mission is to use art and design to increase meaningful civic engagement, particularly among historically under-represented communities. She partners with designers and community organizations to create visually-based educational tools that help demystify complex issues from zoning law to sewage infrastructure. The projects are designed with and for advocacy organizations to help increase their capacity to mobilize their constituents on important urban issues. The work have been featured in art and design contexts such as the Cooper-Hewitt Museum's National Design Triennial, PS-1, and the Venice Biennale, and awarded a 2012 Curry Stone Design Prize and a 2010 Rockefeller Foundation Cultural Innovation Fund Award.
Christine has over ten years of experience in community design. Prior to joining CUP, she was Assistant Director of the Gulf Coast Community Design Studio in Mississippi, where she provided architectural design and urban planning services to low-income communities recovering from Hurricane Katrina. She holds Masters in Architecture and in City Planning from MIT, and a Bachelor of Arts from Brown University. She teaches in the Design & Urban Ecologies program at Parsons The New School for Design. In 2012, she was identified as one of the “Public Interest Design 100.”