Elizabeth Kennedy has worked extensively with community development organizations in open space planning and design, including the Abyssinian Development Corporation in Manhattan; New Direction Local Development Corporation in Queens; Tenants United for Better Living, the tenants' rights organization of the Diego Beekman Houses in the Bronx; and Northwest Harlem Environmental Benefits Program Advisory Committee, for which she drafted the development template of the first natural systems-based open space conservancy for an urban area. 

Elizabeth has been a featured speaker on community redevelopment and urban design at the Cooper-Hewitt Museum and the Harvard GSD. She has been a guest critic at NJIT, NYBG, City College School of Architecture, Pratt Institute, Rutgers University, and Yale University School of Architecture. Elizabeth received a Design Trust fellowship for Designing for Security: Design Guidelines for the Art Commission of New York City.

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