Gia Biagi

Gia Biagi is Principal of Urbanism and Civic Impact at Studio Gang, where she leads the office's urban design, planning, and strategy work. This part of the practice focuses on moving toward equity, mutuality, and positive change in cities by working with a range of partners, from community-based organizations and cultural institutions to governments, developers, and other public and private groups and individuals.

Having spent more than a decade in public service, Gia draws on an understanding of the consequences of plans, policies, architecture, and development on everyday lives. At Studio Gang she has led projects such as Polis Station, which proposes how design might be used to improve relationships between police and the communities they serve; Civic Commons, which reimagines how public assets can foster inclusion and economic opportunity; Memphis Riverfront Concept, which proposes a vision for six miles of parks and city fabric along the Mississippi River in Memphis, Tennessee; Neighborhood Schools Reuse, which grounds ideas for the renewal of closed schools in the needs and aspirations of residents who live nearby; and New York Neighborhood Activation, which proposes a community-centered approach to designing for neighborhood wellness, safety, and stability.

Prior to joining Studio Gang, Gia worked for the City of Chicago and held posts at the Park District that included Director of Planning, Director of Strategy and Policy, and Chief of Staff. While at the City, she led multi-year planning, design, and engagement efforts that produced signature civic projects like Maggie Daley Park, Northerly Island, The 606 Trail, and the City’s first parks and recreation Strategic Plan in nearly two decades.

Gia serves as President of NeighborSpace, a non-profit land trust that provides community-based management and long-term protection to over 100 urban gardens across Chicago. She’s also on the Board of the City Parks Alliance and member of Lambda Alpha International, an honorary society for the study of land economics. In addition, she serves as an Advisor to the Chicago Peace Fellows and GATHER, a project of the Goldin Institute in partnership with the Fund for Safe and Peaceful Communities, which trains and supports grassroots activists in community-driven social change and focuses on violence prevention in Chicago.

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Atlanta Agent — "What ‘The Stitch’ needs, according to land use experts"

Principal of Urbanism and Civic Impact Gia Biagi participated in presentation advocating for a $400 million development in Atlanta known as "The Stitch" as a member of the Urban Land Institute’s Technical Advisory Panel.

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Gia Biagi at TEDx Road Town 2019

March 23, 2019
BVI International Arbitration Centre
Road Town, Tortola
British Virgin Islands

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Memphis Flyer — "Riverfront Reboot: New leaders and New Plans for Memphis' Waterfront"

"To transform the flat, wide-open park...MRPP picked Studio Gang and SCAPE... to help the park 'reach its full civic potential.'"

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Gia Biagi at SXSW Eco, “Designing Water: Creative Minds Rethink Resiliency”

October 5, 2015 
Austin Convention Center 6A

Rebuild by Design and HUD’s National Disaster Resilience Competition sparked deep thinking about the relationship of cities to water. In a panel discussion at SXSW EcoGia Biagi, Studio Gang's Senior Director of Urbanism and Civic Impact, joined resiliency experts to discuss creative ideas to build climate resiliency into city and county infrastructure around the country.

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Gia Biagi on The Interview Show: Architecture Edition

November 6, 2015
The Hideout
Chicago

Studio Gang’s Senior Director of Urbanism and Civic Impact Gia Biagi talked cities, Polis Station, and more with The Interview Show’s Mark Bazer.

Presented in partnership with the Chicago Architecture Biennial, the Chicago Architecture Foundation, and the Association of Architecture Organizations

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Studio Gang Expands Urban Design and Planning Practice

Studio Gang is pleased to announce the expansion of its urban design and planning practice with the addition of Gia Biagi, Senior Director of Urbanism and Civic Impact. Gia, who serves as the Studio’s principal planner, is widely regarded as a thought leader in the preservation, enhancement, and expansion of urban public space. She has spent more than a decade helping governments and non-profit organizations make smart investments in urban environments.

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GOOD — “What Navigating Disney World Can Teach Us About Our Cities”

Studio Gang’s Gia Biagi takes on friction in our urban spaces.

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Kresge Podcaster #11 — “Civic Assets: Reveal, Connect and Engage with Gia Biagi”

On this episode of the Kresge Podcaster, Gia Biagi discusses how promoting, connecting, and using a set of civic assets—not just parks and libraries, but streets and even police stations—can produce new value for residents of urban neighborhoods.

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Reimagining the Civic Commons — “Reveal, Connect, and Engage: How Design Thinking Can Help Cities”

Studio Gang Principal Gia Biagi highlights the Studio’s Civic Commons project, aimed at making public spaces more relevant, useful, and potent.

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