Profile Type: Creative Business
Creative Business
Ward Joyce Design

Ward Joyce is a design/build architect and professor with a goal of introducing communities to the exciting new urban design process called "Tactical Urbanism", where low-cost and super quick urban renewal projects are done by citizens offen without governmental sanctioning. There are many very exciting examples around the country where people took it into their own hands to make quick and impressive changes to their environments. They often have lasting impacts well beyond their limited scopes. These projects generate community engagement and demonstrate how under-utilitized parking lots, overly wide streets, empty storefronts, alleys, etc can be transformed into public spaces at very low cost. These Pop-Up spaces help communities see that urban design can come from the bottom up, not just the top down. In the case of Montpelier, the City lived with an ugly vacant lot for 13 years, until Ward Joyce approached the owners with a plan to transform it into a public space. The land owners agreed to provide the land for free, and he raised funds locally, coordinated the design, permitting and development, and then donated the completed Pocket Park project to the City. He transformed a decrepit lot into a beautiful and dynamic community asset, with the assistance of students and commnity members Every community has ugly and under-developed spots that lend themselves to transformation - but an external spark may be needed to ignite the process. This type of project is hard to envision without examples and guidance from folks who have done them. They take creativity and tenacity, and the process should be facilitated by a designer.  This is the work that architect Ward Joyce presents with passion and discusses in the context of different communities or schools. His presentation, called "Tactical Urbanism in your Community", may inspire you to take action and help redesign your community.

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I Have Worked With

  • May 2015

    Assistant Professor of Architecture and Director of Design/Build Studio and Club

  • May 2015

    Collaborated on the development of the Parklet in 2014 and the Pocket Park in 2015

  • September 2009

    Project Manager and Designer of many types of projects including the Award Winning Pyralisk Arts Park project for Montpelier.


  • Creative Business

Contact Information

First Name: 
Job Title/Position: 
Public Space Designer
Mailing Address: 
830 Sparrow Farm Rd.
Montpelier, VT 05602
Physical Address: 
830 Sparrow Farm Rd.
Montpelier, VT 05602
Last Name: 


Profile Type: 
Creative Business
Primary Discipline: 
Design - Urban / Metropolitan
Additional Disciplines: 
Design - Architecture
Design - Landscape Architecture
Year Founded: 
Populations Served: 
General Public
Languages Available: 
Institution/Business Type: 
Architecture Firms
Activities and Services: 
Arts for Social Change / Creative Activism
Creation of a Work of Art (Including Commissions)
Design Services
Preservation / Conservation
Public Art Projects (In Free, Public Spaces)
Residency - Community
Residency - In School
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class
Geographic Reach: 
Town / City

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Professional Associations: 
Pyralisk Arts Center, President of Board
VT. Chapter of AIA, Board of Directors
Montpelier Alive, Design Board
Norwich University, Adjunct Professor
Master of Architecture, University of Minnesota
Honor Award, Open Space, VT Chapter of ASLA 2004
Open Space Award, VT Chapter of ASLA 2015