Michael Samuelian

Assistant Professor

Michael M. Samuelian, FAIA, AICP (AR ’95) is a Vice President with Related Companies, where his work focuses on the design of large-scale public private development projects. Michael is responsible for the urban planning, design management and public approvals of the Hudson Yards Project, a $20 billion master plan for 17 million square feet of mixed-use development on Manhattan’s West Side.

Prior to joining Related, Michael was the Director of Lower Manhattan Special Projects at the New York City Department of City Planning, helping the city's efforts to redevelop downtown post-9/11. In this position, he worked with a variety of constituents, ranging from the local community boards to state and city agencies to develop consensus for the disposition of federal funds dedicated to the recovery and rebuilding of Lower Manhattan. Michael also led the effort to plan and design a new waterfront park on the East River and was the city's representative in the development and production of the World Trade Center Commercial Design Guidelines.

Michael is an architect, urban designer and urban planner. His professional career as an architect has focused on large-scale commercial and urban planning projects beginning his career with Machado Silvetti in Boston, SMWM in San Francisco and HOK Architects in New York. At HOK he was the lead designer on a number of commercial, transportation and institutional projects including; Penn Station Acela Improvements, the Integrated Science Facility at SUNY Geneseo and the Somerset Corporate Center.

He received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from Cooper Union and his Master of Architecture in Urban Design from Harvard University. Michael is also currently an Assistant Professor at Cooper Union, where he teaches a course titled “Professional Practice” in the School of Architecture.

Michael is a registered architect in New York State and a member of the New York State Board for Architecture. He also serves on the Board of Governors of Open House New York (OHNY) and the Board of Directors of the Governors Island Alliance.

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