Michael Samuelian

Assistant Professor Adjunct

Michael Samuelian is the founder of Samuelian Consulting LLC. He formerly served as the President and CEO of the Trust for Governors Island, the not-for-profit organization created by the City of New York, where he was charged with the planning, redevelopment, and ongoing operations of 150 acres of Governors Island. He received a Master of Architecture in Urban Design from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Cooper Union. Michael is also an Assistant Professor at Cooper Union, where he teaches a course titled “Professional Practice” in the School of Architecture.

Michael is a Fellow of the AIA, a registered architect in New York State and a member of the New York State Board for Architecture. He has served on the Board of Governors of Open House New York (OHNY) and the Friends of Governors Island. He was honored in 2018 with the John Q. Hedjuk Alumni Award in 2018 and inducted into the Cooper Union Alumni Hall of Fame.

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