Jean Marie Gath

Jean Marie Gath



"Planning is a process that is rooted in people and the culture of place. Fundamental to its success is creating a highly participatory environment where we listen, learn and discover opportunities with our clients, believing the best solutions come from a lively exchange of ideas."

Jean grew up with a fascination for cities as well as for people and how environments influence behavior.  Given this, she pursued an undergraduate degree in Sociology, followed by a Masters degree in City and Regional Planning. She’s since merged her personal passions with her professional career, specializing in master planning and programming for academic and civic facilities for more than three decades. Today, Jean leads the master planning and programming practice for Pfeiffer—A Perkins Eastman Studio, fostering a culture of collaboration between the team and client that has served as an example for the entire staff.

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Jean is a skilled facilitator and consensus builder, working with communities, arts organizations, educational institutions and private clients to develop projects that are visionary yet fiscally responsible. She’s shared her experience in “Campus Cultural Facilities,” which she co-authored for Building Type Basics for College and University Facilities, published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Always advocating a global perspective, Jean is on the Board of Directors of Fundación Amistad, a nonprofit organization dedicated to cultural and educational exchanges between peoples of the United States and Cuba.


  • Phone:

  • (212) 625-3911
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  • Education

  • Pratt Institute, M.S.
  • State University of New York at New Paltz, B.S.
  • Associations

  • American Institute of Architects (Associate)
  • Institute for Urban Design
  • American Planning Association
  • Fundacion Amistad
  • Society for College and University Planning