Michael Haggerty

Principal, Director of Urban Planning and Design


Michael Haggerty is a Principal at Starr Whitehouse Landscape Architects and Planners where he leads design and planning projects related to parks, housing, waterfronts, and resilience. Recent work includes community engagement and a schematic design for Marsha P Johnson State Park in Brooklyn; A Vision for a Resilient East Harlem, a climate resilience plan for two miles of waterfront areas in upper Manhattan, certain recommendations of which are currently being implemented by NYC EDC with Michael’s involvement; the implementation of Starr Whitehouse’s Harlem River Greenway Link concept study for NYC EDC; a commercial landscape in São Paulo, Brazil; and a downtown public space for transit-oriented development in New Rochelle, NY.

Michael began his career with the public art organization Creative Time in New York, and subsequently earned professional degrees in architecture and urban planning at Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Michael has also worked internationally across several countries in Asia and Africa. His work on participatory design in communities impacted by climate change in Indonesia, in particular, has been widely recognized by the U.S. Agency for International Development, the SEED Award for Public Interest Design, and the American Institute of Architects San Francisco.

Representative Projects:

  • Marsha P Johnson State Park Community Engagement and Schematic Design, Brooklyn, NY
  • A Vision for a Resilient East Harlem, New York, NY
  • Harlem River Greenway Link, New York, NY
  • New Rochelle Transit-Oriented Development, New Rochelle, NY
  • Carroll Park Community Vision Plan, Brooklyn, NY
  • Luna Corporate Plaza and Marketplace, Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Re-envisioning Branch Libraries, New York, NY*
  • Newark Master Plan Revision, Newark, NJ*
  • Harlem River Promenade, Bronx, NY*
  • Future of the Gardiner Expressway Environmental Assessment and Integrated Urban Design Study, Toronto, Canada*
  • Bard College Campus Framework, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY*
  • NYU Plans 2031 Phase 1, New York, NY*
  • Unified New Orleans Recovery Plan, New Orleans, LA*
  • Padang Housing and Vulnerability Assessment, Padang, Indonesia*
  • Ger Area Disaster Risk Reduction and Community Action Plan, Ulaanbaator, Mongolia*
  • Global Program for Inclusive Municipal Governance, Luanda, Angola*
  • Cities Development Strategies (CDS), Solo, Pekalongan, and Banjarmasin, Indonesia*

* Work completed prior to joining Starr Whitehouse