I. “Hans” Gilderbloom
is a Professor in the Graduate Program in Urban and Public Affairs at the
In an international poll of thousands of urbanists, planners and architects, Prof. Gilderbloom was ranked one of the “top 100 urban thinkers in the world.” Since earning his Ph.D., Gilderbloom's research on urban issues has appeared in nearly 40 peer-reviewed journals, 27 chapters in edited books, 11 monographs and 31 opinion pieces in newspapers and magazines. He has written or edited five books. His book Rethinking Rental Housing, was called "The most significant piece on housing policy written in the last 40 years" by the Journal of the American Planning Association. A survey of college housing students by the National Housing Institute found Rethinking Rental Housing to be one of the most widely-chosen books in college housing courses.
In 2013, Gilderbloom won the President's 2013 distinguished Faculty Award. He also earned the A&S honor for lifetime achievement for research on neighborhood housing dynamics. In the Fall of 2013 Dr. Gilderbloom will be recognized at half time football game, and a picture of me on a light post . According to Dr. Gilderbloom : “Here I am the faculty member competing against the 1,346 faculty members including law, medical, liberal arts, sciences and Dental is humbling because they are doing some amazing work that is also outstanding…. Honestly, I was so happy I cried--joy because it affirms the highest honor for my research among colleagues and sadness because my son and Patty won't be there for the two day celebration starting September 9 at the Papa John's Cardinal Stadium followed by the State of the University address on Wednesday September 11 where I will be on stage. I just want to say thank my friends and family for your support. Special thanks for the past and present President's of the American Sociological Association, American Planning Association, International Sociological Association, former Harvard President Derek Bok, former HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros and former President Bill Clinton who have supported my research in the past with letters of support. Yes, I am the man of great tragedy and triumph. Today it is triumph with better days ahead. My research is my mistress; my passion is that truth is our best compass for our civilization. “
2005 SUNY Press released Promise and Betrayal: University and the
Battle for Sustainable Urban Neighborhoods, which includes an
introduction by former HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros and appendix letters of
support from President Bill Clinton and Harvard President Derek Bok. The 2008 book, Invisible City:
Poverty, Housing and New Urbanism, earned praise from Andres Duany, William
Domhoff, Donovan Rypkema, and Neal Pierce. Gilderbloom’s opinion pieces
appeared in the Wall Street Journal,
He has been featured in
the New York Times,
Dr. Gilderbloom owns a modest portfolio of historic Victorian homes that have been restored using green and historic preservation principles (http://www.gilderbloom.org). Dr. Gilderbloom notes with pride that his first paid publication ($10.00!) was an article about Santana for Rolling Stone Magazine as a teenager. Originally a music major in College, he once backed up Allen Ginsberg poetry reading on his flute in front of a packed audience of 900 persons. He is also been a guest on CNN and recently had a small part in the movie, The Song, which also featured his home—the painted lady. He is currently writing a book, Urban Revolution: Sustainable Neighborhoods and Smart Economics, with a top academic press.