Michael Russo

Michael Russo

Cambridge, MD, US



To be given the opportunity to renew neighborhoods, history, cache of spaces and building environments that look beyond the structural and the functional needs of their users and generate a sense of place within their communities.


City of Cambridge, Cambridge, MD, US, Historic Preservation Commission Board Member

Recently appointed Board Member to the City of Cambridge Historic Preservation Commission. This is a volunteer position that reviews applications of improvements for the compliance of projects that fall within the various Historic Districts within the City. By statute, the HPC has its basic purpose the preservation of sites, structures and districts, historical, cultural, archeological, architectural significance together with their appurtenances and environmental setting.

Oct 2013 - current

Philadelphia Housing Authority, Philadelphia, PA, US, Urban Redevelopment Specialist

Design Manager responsible for managing multi-million dollar large-scale redevelopment planning and construction projects within the Program, Development and Design Department. Coordinate with various outside agencies to ensure that planning and development is executed and completed within various governmental guidelines, scope of work, budget and project schedule were met. Develop the design and management plans to complete large redevelopment construction projects in accordance with HUD guidelines. Coordinate the Finance, Asset Management and Development Department project schedules and costs. Analyze project plans for conformance with applicable regulations and guidelines. Maintain relationships with residents, department heads, and construction managers throughout all phases of each project.

Oct 2002 - Jul 2007

Vitetta Group, Philadelphia, PA, US, Project Manager

Project Manager for the Design, Development, Budgeting, Scheduling and Construction Administration projects for the State of New Jersey Board of Education Hamilton Township School District, totaling 11 schools and 44 million dollars.

Jan 2001 - Jan 2002

Little & Associates/First Union National Bank, Philadelphia, PA, US, Project Manager

Senior Design Manager responsible for the planning, design and execution of real estate strategies throughout the Northeast Corridor for First Union National Bank. Including the management of existing inventory of branches, construction of new financial centers, disposition of obsolete properties, including the development and administration of capital and expense budgets for and assigned group of financial center districts. Secure, monitor service providers relative to established standards and quality projections.

Jan 2000 - Jan 2001

H2L2 Architects Planners, Philadelphia, PA, US, Project Manager

Project Management and Designer with skills and expertise that span the entire spectrum of a project from programming, planning, site analysis, architectural design, construction documentation and administration. Particular attention was devoted to design and detail issues and maintenance of client/architectural relationship. In addition space planning and tenant fit-out services were provided in accordance with the building standards.

Jan 1997 - Jan 2000


Savannah College of Art and Design, Atlanta, GA, US, Masters, Historic Preservation

Preservation, Rehabilitation and Conservation of Historic Structures.

Jan 2010 - May 2012

Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA, US, Bachelors, Architecture

Bachelor of Architecture

Jan 1982 - Jan 1993

Areas of Specialization