I am passionate about teaching undergraduates, graduate students and community members how to analyze, understand and execute the tasks necessary to revitalize urban communities.  My background in commercial real estate development informs my teaching on sophisticated multi-sector approaches to the city.  My current research and writing focuses on the social and economic implications of the built environment. The public sector, the private sector and nonprofit organizations all have a vital role to play in enhancing life in residential and commercial communities, and I speak the languages of all three.


Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service, New York University, M.S. in Management of Nonprofit Organizations, New York, NY.

Cornell University, M.A. in Historic Preservation Planning, Ithaca, NY.

Université de Poitiers (France), postgraduate work on a Vassar College Fellowship for the Study of History in France.

Vassar College, B. A., Poughkeepsie, NY.

Work Shared in CORE


Other Publications

Martha Frish Okabe, Daniel Silver and Terry Nichols Clark, “Heritage as an Element of the Scenescape” in Oxford Handbook of Public Heritage Theory and Method http://bit.ly/2rLmNnN

Martha Frish, “Remember Preservation Tax Credits?,” Planning magazine, February 2012

Martha Frish, Letter to the Editor, New York Times, June 18, 2011 http://preview.tinyurl.com/7mmqsur

Martha Frish, “Bold Plans, Bigger Dreams,” in Planetizen.com,12 November 2009 https://www.planetizen.com/node/41648

Martha Frish and Rebecca Severson, “Rethinking Historic Preservation,” Planetizen.com, 24 March 2003 http://www.planetizen.com/node/82

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