Paris Rutherford MAUD '93

Paris Rutherford is Principal of Catalyst Urban Development, a Texas-based real estate development company engaged in urban infill and suburban redevelopment.  For nearly 30 years, Mr. Rutherford has had a consistent track record in the creation of market-leading mixed-use,  residential and transit-oriented districts. His focus is delivering profitable urban investment that capitalizes on the broader community’s desire for Great Places as defined through design, market and social success. He has prepared successful strategies for hallmark destinations across the United States, and was instrumental in the rejuvenation of urban communities in Dallas, Houston, Phoenix, Los Angeles, Denver, Atlanta and other cities through walkable urbanism.

Since Catalyst’s inception, Mr. Rutherford has guided the company’s award-winning development and strategic planning efforts following a methodology that generates innovative investment, successful relationships, and enhanced market demand. Prior to forming Catalyst, Mr. Rutherford was a managing partner at RTKL Associates where he lead the firm’s planning division across eight global offices, and served on its Board of Directors. His work has received over 95 awards and been highlighted in such publications as The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Urban Land Magazine. He has been asked to speak at a host of conferences and venues including the National Press Club, Urban Land Institute, ICSC and others, and has been featured on national broadcasts such as CNBC’s Closing Bell and the PBS News Hour.

Mr. Rutherford received a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Southern California in 1990 and a Master of Architecture in Urban Design from Harvard GSD in 1993. Since graduation, he has served on the GSD Alumni Council, Harvard Club of Dallas Board of Directors, Harvard Real Estate Academic Initiative Advisory Board, and a contributing member of the Harvard Real Estate Alumni Organization.