The NIAM Group is a national minority- and woman-owned business with offices in New York City and the San Francisco Bay Area.


Malo Andre Hutson is co-founder and managing principal of The NIAM Group.  He is also an Associate Professor in Urban Planning at Columbia GSAPP and Director of the school's Urban Community and Health Equity Lab. Hutson is a widely-recognized scholar, teacher, and practitioner whose research at the intersection of urban planning and health inequities is of profound relevance in the planning of today’s cities across the United States, and around the world. Professor Hutson’s specific focus is on community development and urban health equity, racial and ethnic inequalities and urban policy, urban sustainability/circular economy as well as the built environment and health. 

Dr. Hutson has worked nationally and internationally on community-centered projects that improve the economic, environmental, political, and social well-being of urban residents. His research and writing have been recognized by numerous awards and grants, and his most recent book, The Urban Struggle for Economic, Environmental, and Social Justice: Deepening Their Roots(Routledge, 2016), explores the efforts by coalitions of residents, community leaders, unions, and others to resist displacement as a result of neighborhood change and gentrification. 

Dr. Hutson received his Ph.D. in Urban and Regional Planning from the School of Architecture and Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and earned both his Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Master of City Planning degrees from the University of California at Berkeley. Prior to joining Columbia GSAPP, Malo Hutson was an Associate Professor and the Chancellor's Professor of City and Regional Planning at the University of California at Berkeley, where he also served as the Associate Director of the Institute of Urban and Regional Planning (IURD) and Chair of the Urban Studies Program. In addition, Dr. Hutson is an alumnus of the Robert Wood Johnson Health and Society Scholars Program where he was a fellow at the University of Michigan’s Center for Social Epidemiology and Population Health within the School of Public Health.


Moira O’Neill is co-founder and principal of The NIAM Group.  She is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Urban Planning program at Columbia GSAPP. She is also an Associate Research Scientist of Law and Planning at the Institute of Urban and Regional Development at UC Berkeley, where she leads the Law and Governance Research Group. Her research is interdisciplinary, focusing on urban planning, land use, and local governance topics. At present she is leading two large studies, one that examines the impact of local land use entitlement processes on residential development timelines and another that explores the impact of public school districts implementing school meal reform requiring land use and procurement shifts to simultaneously improve student health and the local food system.

Moira also practiced law for six years, representing cities and public entities throughout California. Her legal work experience also includes clerking for the Honorable Saundra Brown Armstrong of the United States District Court, Northern District of California, serving as an extern to the Honorable Martin J. Jenkins (then of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California), and working as a law clerk in the office of the Environment and Natural Resources Unit, Civil Division, United States Attorney.

Moira received her juris doctor, Order of the Coif, from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 2006. As a law student, Moira received numerous academic honors and awards, including recognition through membership in the Thurston Society, the awarding of the Hastings Academic Excellence Scholarship annually, multiple Witkin Awards for Academic Excellence, and recognition as a 2004-2005 Regional Champion in the ABA's National Moot Court Competition. She also served as the Executive Managing Editor for the Hastings Law Journal and worked as a teaching assistant in the Legal Educational Opportunity Program for first-year Civil Procedure, Property and Environmental Law courses.

Prior to her teaching in Columbia GSAPP, Moira taught in UC Berkeley's Department of City and Regional Planning in the College of Environmental Design and at the School of Law. Courses taught include Introduction to Environmental Law and Planning, Land Use Controls, Local Government Law, and Community Development.