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Michael Kritzman

Senior Associate

Michael is an urban designer and planner whose work encompasses a wide range of scales and project types, from neighborhood parks to urban districts to comprehensive plans. On each project, he brings a passion for the process of making vibrant and livable places, with an added focus on economic development. A key goal is to ensure that the final design is aligned with market realities so that Lakota’s plans are buildable. Michael has extensive experience in assisting his clients in packaging and marketing projects for public and municipal approval and funding.

Michael also brings a valuable and unique skill set in public outreach and communication. He is adept at developing and facilitating dynamic and participatory public workshops and designing plans that read more like a magazine than a planning document. Michael holds a Master of Real Estate from Roosevelt University and a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He currently serves on the CNU-Illinois Board of Directors and on the Landscape Technical Advisory Committee of the Illinois Green Business Association.