Name: Christopher Riale, AICP, MCRP ’05
Job Title and Organization: Associate, City Design Practice Manager, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM)
Briefly describe your role.
What is your advice for future Bloustein graduates as they enter the workforce?
I have three key pieces of advice:
- Build and maintain a portfolio that clearly demonstrates graphical, analytical and creative capabilities.
- Ensure your expertise includes a balanced mixture of effective planning policy development and physical planning / urban design method. Maintain a well-rounded knowledge and expertise, but also make sure to have a specialty.
- Build and maintain a relevant and varied professional network that includes planners, policymakers, public sector professionals, and consultants.
What is your favorite memory from your time at Bloustein?
My favorite memories are strolling on George Street, eating at restaurants in Highland Park, and Bloustein commencement day!
How did Bloustein prepare you to succeed in your career?
The Bloustein School allowed me to define and refine my interests in urban design and transportation planning, and provided me important practical and academic knowledge needed to thrive in private consulting. This has enabled me to work on and influence high-profile and meaningful planning and urban design projects that will have a major impact on cities across the country. The Bloustein School provides a robust planning curriculum that prepares students for life as a professional, while also making sure to provide the academic foundation necessary to succeed in a highly intellectual and competitive field.