Michael Conard, RA, NCARB, has 30 years of professional experience in architecture and sustainable urban design in the United States and abroad. As Founder and Director of Design + Urbanism Architectural, he personally oversees the design and management of each architectural project. Michael has directed applied and academic urban design research in five continents in both the private and public sectors. His work has bridged urban and architectural design and environmental sustainability with public health, local economic development and equal access. He is the Assistant Director of the Urban Design Lab at The Earth Institute at Columbia University and an Adjunct Associate Professor at Columbia University. His design and research has also been published and exhibited internationally. Michael is a past Fellow of the Institute for Urban Design and the Design Trust for Public Space.
The Design Trust has established itself as a substantial vehicle to allow designers to share in substantive discussions about our present and future city. Hell’s Kitchen South provided the opportunity for small local neighborhood groups and local designers to participate in conceiving the future of their highly contested neighborhood.