Cindy Michel

Cindy Michel

New York, NY, US



I am a design professional committed to building enduring architecture, towns and cities through research and scholarship; practice and public dialogue; and education.



Prospect Architecture, Intern Architect

Sep 2011 - current

Cindy M.A. Michel Architecture : Urban Design, Design Architect, Urban Designer

Secured contracts with Habitat for Humanity for participatory planning workshops with CHF International. Secured contracts with Development Innovations Group (DIG) for planning and cultural policy guidelines for the Government of Haiti and the Interim Haiti Recovery Commission (IHRC). Lead training in community planning for non-profit organizations.

Jun 2010 - Aug 2011

University of Notre Dame, Sophomore Studio Teaching Assistant

Lead a TA group of eight students every semester. Provide individual design studio desk critiques to members of TA group each class. Participate in formal design reviews of projects. Grade assignments and studio projects. Plan design project assignments. Direct student research trips.

Aug 2008 - May 2010

Urban Design Associates, Design Architect, Intern Architect

Manage and coordinate team members within a studio structure. Develop and produce architecture and urban design drawings in multiple phases in a studio system. Create and evaluate Architecture programs. Coordinate with consultants and clients throughout project time line. Analyze sites through Urban Design diagrams. Prepare zoning approval documents, pattern books, design guidelines, masterplan documents and competition entries. Facilitate public charrettes and public meetings.

Sep 2004 - Jul 2008


University of Notre Dame, Architecture, Urban Design

Master of Architectural Design and Urbanism, 2010

Thesis: From Settlement to City: A Masterplan for Cap-Haitien, Haiti
Advisor: Christine G.H. Franck
Visit: for full project
Awarded CNU Charter Award of Excellence 2011
Awarded University of Notre Dame School of Architecture Dean’s Award 2010

Research: Urban Typologies and Existing Conditions Cap-Haitien, Haiti
Awarded Fagan Memorial Grant 2009

Abroad: University of Notre Dame Rome Studies Program, Rome Italy 2009
University of Notre Dame Bath Studio 2009, Bath, Somerset, UK 2009

Aug 2008 - May 2010

University of Notre Dame, BArch, Architecture

Bachelor of Architecture, 2004

Thesis: Diaspora Defined: Identity of a Displaced People
Advisor: Thomas Gordon Smith

Abroad: University of Notre Dame Rome Studies Program, Rome Italy 2001-2002

Aug 1999 - May 2004


CNU Charter Award of Excellence 2011, Award

From Settlement to City: A Masterplan for Cap-Haitien, Haiti
Cap-Haitien, Haiti | Cindy M. A. Michel

CNU’s Charter Awards recognize excellence in architectural, landscape, and urban designs built in harmony with the physical and social contexts, as well as the policies, plans, and codes that structure these locales. CNU convenes a jury of distinguished designers, architects, planners, and scholars who choose the winners of the awards after the submissions are fully vetted, and educates practitioners on the design techniques employed in the award-winning work.


Dean’s Graduate Award for Design Excellence in Architecture, Award

Dean’s Graduate Award for Design Excellence in Architecture:

Selected by the graduate thesis jurors and the dean, this award goes to overall excellence in a graduate thesis project.


CNU Charter Award of Excellence 2010, Honorable Mention

Western Riverfront Proposal - Bath, Somerset, United Kingdom

Submitted by Bath Summer Studio 2009, University of Notre Dame, School of Architecture


Ed Bacon Foundation Brown to Green Competition, 2nd Place

"Brown to Green" challenges students across North America to create a new vision for South Philadelphia's Grays Ferry Crescent. With the industrial DuPont Marshall Laboratory complex closing down and the Schuylkill River Development Corporation extending its riverfront park trail along the edge of the site, this area offers strong potential, but also great challenges. The competition gives students the opportunity to push the envelope on cutting-edge ideas for transforming brownfields of an industrial past into sustainable environs for a green future.