Petr Stand, a Principal at Magnusson Architecture and Planning, has more than 25 years of planning and design experience, with a focus on housing, educational facilities, medical facilities, and urban design. Petr works extensively in affordable housing, and has completed a variety of multi-family developments in the Bronx, including senior housing, townhouses, rental buildings, and condominium buildings. For more than a decade, he worked alongside Nos Quedamos, a non-profit group in the South Bronx, to revitalize the Melrose Commons neighborhood. He has led the design and construction of over 1,000 new affordable units in the neighborhood.
Petr is especially adept in urban design and analysis. His study for the City of Glen Cove, NY helped to educate the community and reintegrate existing commercial areas with new redevelopment. With the South Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation under a contract through the New York Department of State Brownfield Opportunity Awareness program, he is also leading MAP’s analysis and urban design of a new waterfront community along 15 blocks on the Bronx side of the Harlem River.
Petr is a member of the American Planning Association and sits on the board of several community-based planning, development and open space groups. He graduated from City College of New York’s School of Architecture and Environmental Studies
My Design Trust fellowship enabled me to understand the value of open space in community development – a value that goes beyond its use for recreation and greenery. Well-designed housing creates beautiful neighborhoods, and public open space transforms neighborhoods into communities. Public space is a vital component in the continuing evolution of democracy in our country.