Adam Tanaka

Senior Analyst

As a Senior Analyst in HR&A’s New York Office, Adam works with public and private-sector clients to foster more dynamic, inclusive, and resilient cities.

Currently, Adam is supporting HR&A’s role as an on-call real estate advisor to the Battery Park City Authority on a range of public policy and real estate questions, including conducting market, policy, and financial analyses. Adam is also preparing an organizational strategy to enable the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh to more effectively plan and implement economic development initiatives.
Prior to joining HR&A, Adam received his PhD in urban planning from Harvard University, where his research focused on the history of large-scale, middle-income housing in New York City. While at Harvard, Adam taught courses on urban design and real estate finance, and helped launch an urban innovation summer program in partnership with the City of Paris.
Adam also worked for the New York City Department of City Planning and the New York City Housing Development Corporation, analyzing the city’s Transferable Development Rights programs and contributing to the underwriting of affordable housing preservation deals. He also led executive education programs on smart cities and urban resilience for the Bouygues Group, France’s largest real estate and construction firm.
Adam’s writing, filmmaking and civic art projects have been published by the Boston Globe, CityLab, Crain’s New York, the Journal of Urban History, Slate, and the Van Alen Institute, among others. Adam holds a Bachelors of Arts in art history and urban studies from Princeton University.

Program Committee Member, Open House New York

Fellow, Urban Design Forum