James Kostaras is a registered architect and urban planner, and the President & CEO of Habitat for Humanity Greater Boston. Developing housing for the poor has been a major focus of his work both locally and globally, including in North Africa. As a Senior Fellow at the Institute for International Urban Development (I2UD), he has worked with communities around the world to address the challenges of urban poverty through architectural and urban design practice. James has also worked on the preservation of historic Islamic cities and architecture as catalysts for economic development in Morocco and Tunisia. His organization, I2UD, developed the historic conservation strategy for the walled city of Fez, Morocco, a UNESCO World Heritage site as design and planning consultant to the World Bank. James was a Lecturer and Design Critic at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard for twelve years and he has lectured extensively around the world, including at the UN World Urban Forum. He began his career as an architect in the U.S. Peace Corps in Morocco and a research associate with the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at Harvard. James earned his Master of Architecture in Urban Design from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD) and his Bachelor of Architecture from Rhode Island School of Design (RISD).