Michael Haggerty

Principal, Director of Urban Planning and Design


Michael Haggerty is a Principal at Starr Whitehouse Landscape Architects and Planners. As Director of Urban Planning and Design, he leads projects related to open spaces, housing, waterfronts, and resilience. His recent work in New York City reimagines connectivity and sustainability in urban systems. The design of the Harlem River Greenway was recognized by AIANY’s Transportation and Infrastructure Design Excellence Award in 2022. The Staten Island Shoreline Parks Plan will integrate five miles of parkland, public beaches, and bicycle paths with coastal flood protection. A Vision for a Resilient East Harlem lays out a framework for making public spaces multi-functional to address climate risks in upper Manhattan. The Streetscape & Lighting Plan for Union Square and 14th Street supports a new vision for downtown Manhattan pedestrian spaces. 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. While at Harvard he was awarded the Presidential Public Service Fellowship to work with MASS Design Group.

Representative Projects:

East Shore Shoreline Resilient Parks Plan, Staten Island, NY
Manhattan Greenway Harlem River Waterfront Park Design, New York, NY
Marsha P Johnson State Park, Brooklyn, NY
A Vision for a Resilient East Harlem, New York, NY
Bear Mountain State Park Restoration, Bear Mountain, NY
Hybrid Industrial/ Commercial Development, Brooklyn, NY
Nissequogue River State Park Master Plan, Kings Park, NY
Union Square Streetscape and Lighting Plan, New York, NY
Sweet Auburn Green & Equitable Framework Plan, Atlanta, GA
Yonkers Climate Action Plan, Yonkers, NY
New Rochelle Transit-Oriented Development, New Rochelle, NY
Williamsburg IBIA Development Public Realm, Brooklyn, NY
Clarkson Estates Affordable Housing, Brooklyn, NY
Bedford Greenhouse Affordable Housing, Bronx, NY
Carroll Park Community Vision Plan, Brooklyn, NY
Luna Corporate Plaza and Marketplace, Sao Paulo, Brazil