Michael Kwartler, FAIA

Michael Kwartler is an architect, planner, urban designer and educator, and principal of Michael Kwartler and Associates.  He is the founding director of the Environmental Simulation Center, a non-profit research laboratory created to develop innovative applications of digital technology to inform complex public land-use issues and debates.

His thirty years of professional/practice and teaching have focused on urban design and the theory and practice of legislating aesthetics/good city form.  Examples of his work include the award winning and precedent setting Housing Quality Zoning Regulations (1976) and the Midtown Zoning Regulations (1982), both adopted by New York City, which recognize the power of zoning to determine urban form; Westside Futures (1985), a community based preservation and development plan; "Legislating Aesthetics: The Role of Zoning in Designing Cities": in Zoning and the American Dream (Haar and Kayden, 1990); Preserving Sunlight in New York City's Parks: A Zoning Proposal (1991); "Planning and Zoning the Mature City: A Working Paper: in Planning and Zoning New York City (1992); and most recently Regulatory Strategies for Central Tokyo, a project done in conjunction with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Institute for Behavioral Studies, Tokyo (1992) and "Regulating the good you can't think of" in URBAN DESIGN International (1998).

Kwartler has done numerous urban design plans including: the New York Circle Line Piers; Geneva New York Downtown Waterfront; Franklin Development in Queens; an integrated housing development and community garden/open-space plan for the Lower East Side; and transit-oriented plans for communities in New York and New Jersey, as part of the Regional Plan Association's Third Regional Plan. He is currently urban design and zoning consultant to Con Edison on the mixed-use redevelopment of the Waterside generating facility south of the United Nations.

Michael Kwartler received his architectural and planning education at Cooper Union and Columbia University respectively.  Entering the New York City government in 1969 he served as Deputy Director of the Mayor's Urban Design Council and later joined the City Planning Department as Associate Director of the Division of Land Planning and Environmental Management. 

He has taught architecture and urban design at the University of Oregon, Renneselaer Polytechnic Institute, M.I.T., and was the Director of Columbia University's Program in Historic Preservation.  Most recently he was Professor of Professional Practice at the New School's Milano School of Management and Urban Policy.  He was made a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects in 1990.

Michael Kwartler, FAIA President Environmental Simulation Center

Michael Kwartler, FAIA

President Environmental Simulation Center

New York, New York, United States

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