Todd W. Bressi is an urban designer and public art consultant, educator and writer. He manages his own public art consulting practice, which focuses on planning, designing and implementing projects for the public realm, and serves as interim Artistic Planning Coordinator and director of muraLAB for the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program. For more than a decade he led the design journal Places, and taught urban design at Pratt Institute and the University of Pennsylvania.
Todd consults with public agencies, private developers, civic/community groups and cultural organizations throughout the U.S. and Canada. He has worked on public art and arts district master plans, has managed complex public art commissions, and teamed with artists on collaborative design projects. At Mural Arts, he has overseen the muraLAB public lecture series, the Visiting Curators Initiative, and long-range project and program development.
He brings a keen sense of how architecture, landscape design, public art and information design can interact to create remarkable spaces at intimate and urban scales, and a practiced understanding of how to integrate artworks in architectural, landscape and infrastructure projects. His projects creatively meld the visual aspects of city design, the activation of public space, and the visions of the organizations and communities he works with.
Todd excels at organizing, leading and inspiring cross-disciplinary teams whose skills are carefully tailored to client needs, and whose collaboration leads to exceptional results. In his 20 years as an urban designer and writer, Bressi has built a network of artists and art consultants; architects and landscape designers; graphic, lighting and industrial designers and others that can be tapped to create cutting-edge teams for projects in any region of the U.S. or Canada.
Todd’s consulting has inspired 11 projects that have been recognized by the Public Art Network “Year in Review.” His work has also won national recognition from the American Planning Association, the American Society of Landscape Architects, the American Institute of Architects, the Environmental Design Research Association and the International Downtown Association.