Stefan Pellegrini is an architect, urbanist, and planner who directs the thesis studio for the MUD program. He studied architecture at the University of Notre Dame and urban design at UC Berkeley. Since 2001, Stefan has been a principal at Opticos Design. Stefan has contributed to a wide variety of urban design, planning, and architecture projects, including the design of new towns, master planning and revitalization endeavors for central cities, and the design of mixed-use and civic structures. Much of his recent work has focused on community-based planning, coding, and revitalization strategies for small towns and underserved communities, as well as the development of contemporary urban design guidelines and Form-Based Codes. His professional and academic work has won numerous awards, including an Urban Design Travelling Fellowship from the Skidmore Owings & Merrill Foundation (2002), the Chicago Institute of Architecture and Urbanism Award (with Professor Peter Bosselmann, 2002), and the Driehaus Form-Based Coding Award (2008 and 2011).