Jean Collier Hurley creates photo essays that capture the vibrant pulse of urban living in major cities in the United States and abroad. The images in Urbanista Playbook illuminate the shouts and whispers of the signage, window reflections, and architecture that beckon to urban dwellers, compelling them to respond. Urbanista Playbook is published annually in a limited-edition calendar.

    Jean’s work often explores a theme where the city is powerfully destructive or uniquely creative in transforming architectural elements. The demolition and shattered remains of a beloved neighborhood church became Holy Ground Forever, a meditation on inevitable loss and the rituals of comfort and grief.

    Hard Hat Country, Jean’s nine-month photo journey into the 2017 renovation of the Prologis Global Headquarters on Pier One in San Francisco, became a story about the progressive transformation of the historic pier and the world’s leader in logistics real estate. Art at Work in 1999 told the story of the transformation of an outmoded pier and commercial warehouse into modern office space, a project that led the way to the rebirth of the entire San Francisco Embarcadero.

    Jean’s artistic vision continues to evolve through her active presence in major cities in the United States and abroad and in formal courses and master classes with accomplished figures in the arts. Her recent studies include urban design at Stanford University, book design at the Rhode Island School of Design, and street photography in New York City and Paris with a noted photojournalist.

    Jean was a 2015 Inaugural Fellow in the Stanford University Distinguished Careers Institute. She holds a Master of Liberal Arts degree from Stanford University and an MBA in Finance from the University of California Berkeley. At home in San Francisco, Jean is actively engaged in supporting contemporary art and design and the performing arts. Her philanthropic interests focus on initiatives that provide aid to the world’s most vulnerable populations. She is an avid runner and an enthusiastic patron of artisanal coffee houses.