Michael Ruane

Michael Ruane

Philadelphia, PA, US



I am a student of design and planning with a heavy focus on the integration of technology into practice in order to achieve better products through streamlining of process and production. In addition I have a passion for understanding and manipulating systems to work for the process of a given project. I am experienced in various levels of design from construction document to conceptual planning. My interest in planning and social issues related to design have played in many opportunities with varies community organizations and as such my attention to community and creative financing are major considerations in my design and planning process.


SHARE Food Program Inc. (Volunteer), Philadelphia, PA, US, Board of Directors Member (Volunteer)

Provide strategic guidance and support to the organization through service on Facilities and
Development/PR committees. Leading role in the development of web presence as well as
acquisition of grant funding and consultant relations for facility improvement projects.

Jan 2012 - current

Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission, Philadelphia, PA, US, Corridor Planning Intern

Introduced the principles and practices of landscape architecture to the Corridor Unit and
lead a change in the planning and presentation process. Effectively synthesized complex
issues to provide clear, usable products for both public and professional clients.

May 2011 - current

Ruane Landscapes, Doylestown, PA, US, Owner/Designer

Self-employed, responsible for acquisition of clients; developed and budgeted
residential landscape designs and installations with teams up to 4 members

Apr 2003 - Jun 2011

Gilmore and Associates, New Britain, PA, US, Landscape Design Intern

Collaborated with engineers & clients to prepare with supervision planting plans,
construction documents, renderings and Environmental Impact Assessments for various
residential, commercial and park projects.

May 2007 - Jan 2009


University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, US, Masters, Masters of City Planning

Concentration: Community Economic Development. Relevant course work: Introduction to Property Development, Techniques of Economic Development, Downtown Development, Advanced Techniques of GIS, and Planning workshop and studio with a focus on practical group assignments.

Sep 2010 - current

The Pennsylvania State University (Penn State), University Park, PA, US, Bachelors, Bachelors of Landscape Architecture

In depth study of the concepts and practices of landscape architecture. Heavy focus on sustainability in design from site and beyond. Technical training site engineering, horticulture, design theory and history, professional practice, community and productive design.

Sep 2005 - May 2010


ULI/Hines Urban Design Competition, Honorable Mention

Honorable mention for superior focus on water treatment. Stormwater management, wetland ecologies, pedestrian mobility, and cooling micro-climates were among the major issues addressed. This competition involved an interdisciplinary team with a focus on design and development.


Creative Achievement Award, Award

Awarded to a select group of student of the Penn State College of Arts and Architecture for outstanding achievement.