RPA Launches Richard Kaplan Chair for Regional Design

With generous support from The J.M. Kaplan Fund, Regional Plan Association has established an endowed chair in honor of Richard Kaplan, our long-serving board member, inspiration and friend. The Richard Kaplan Chair for Regional Design will provide dedicated resources for a prominent urban designer to pursue innovative research and creative planning for the New York metropolitan region. 

During his long association with RPA, Richard Kaplan funded diverse projects, from the seed money to create the Alliance to Rebuild Downtown New York and the Governors Island Alliance to a fact-finding trip to Copenhagen for the City’s Planning Chair and DOT Commissioner which yielded bold plans to remake New York City’s streets and public spaces for pedestrians and bicyclists. Richard’s devotion to outside-the-box thinking, his towering ambitions, and his willingness to challenge the status quo has and continues to inspire RPA’s design initiatives in the tri-state region. 

The Richard Kaplan Chair is the second endowed chair RPA has recently established. The Peter Herman Chair for Transportation Planning honors RPA's longest-serving director and chairman emeritus Peter Herman, and provides dedicated resources for a prominent expert’s work in this field. 

To learn more about RPA's endowed chairs, visit rpa.org/endowment.