A Senior Urban Designer in Studio Gang’s Chicago office, Heinz von Eckartsberg is a strategic thinker focusing on the twenty-first-century city as a proving ground for innovation in urban growth, resilience, and social equity. His work is grounded in improving cities and their communities through engagement, design, and management. His role as a thought leader with a keen interest in local narratives has enabled him to engage in a range of complex, creative and collaborative work. Drawn to the Studio for its integrated urban approach and focus on engagement, he enjoys collaborating with ecologists, urban economists, civil engineers, and innovative developers.
Heinz graduated with a Master of Science in Architecture and Urban Design (MSAUD) from the Columbia University GSAPP in New York and also holds a Master of Architecture (M.Arch) from Miami University where he was a recipient of the AIA Foundation Scholarship. He spent five years working in Australia, where he also served as an Adjunct Professor and lecturer at Melbourne University and a guest critic for architectural and urban design studios at RMIT, Monash, Melbourne, and Columbia Universities. In 2015 he was a judge for the international Dencity competition and is an ongoing collaborator with the non-profit Shelter Global.
Hailing from Columbus, Ohio, Heinz considers Chicago home. Outside of the Studio, he enjoys running, soccer, art, photography, and music and is an avid Ohio State Buckeyes fan. His favorite landscapes include Prospect Park in Brooklyn, Yosemite National Park, Mornington Peninsula in Melbourne, and Australia’s Freycinet Bay National Park. His favorite bodies of water include Port Philip Bay in Melbourne, Freycinet Bay in Tasmania, and the San Francisco Bay.