M3PROJECT is an award winning multi-disciplinary urbanism, planning, and research group based in Brooklyn, New York and Palo Alto, California. The group is distinguished by developing innovative approaches to the conceptualization of landscape, architecture, and urbanism towards the creation of new infrastructural landscapes, urban developments, and public works. The work emphasizes measures of performance-based systems as fundamental in establishing productive and resilient urban environments and the generation of their long-term value creation. The expertise ranges in scale from strategic planning of large city-regions to the design of urban centers; from the design of large public parks and urban infrastructural landscapes to resilient housing and mixed-use developments; and from the reclamation of post-industrial landscapes to the preservation of large-scale natural resources. M3PROJECT is globally recognized serving an international clientele of leading organizations, agencies, developers, investors, architects and designers.
MICHAEL FLYNN is founder and principal of M3PROJECT and holds various urban design and development advisory roles for prominent real estate investment and development groups based in NYC and the UK. Michael has held visiting faculty positions at Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Department of Landscape Architecture, Urban Design and Planning and is an invited lecturer and design review critic at MIT Department of Architecture and Urban Planning, Columbia University Department of Urban Design, Yale University Department of Architecture, and Harvard University Graduate School of Design Department of Landscape Architecture, Urban Planning and Design. Prior to founding M3, Michael was an associate and project design leader at James Corner Field Operations where he was integral with much of the office’s large-scale master planning and urban design work, including: the design and development of the winning proposal for the High Line Park in New York City; the development of NYC’s Fresh Kills Park Strategic Master Plan; and the design development and construction administration for the Aria Resort and Casino Pool Deck at the MGM/Mirage City Center in Las Vegas. His work has been published in numerous leading architecture journals and exhibited internationally, including: the Venice Biennale; the Museum of Modern Art in New York; the Rotterdam Biennale; and the Vitra Design Museum Zollverein Entry Exhibition in Essen, Germany. Prior to working with James Corner, Michael worked with other industry leaders including: Alan Berger of MIT’s P-REX; Chris Reed of Stoss Landscape Urbanism; and Martha Schwartz of Martha Schwartz Partners. Michael holds a Master with Distinction from Harvard University Graduate School of Design where he was twice awarded the Charles Elliot Traveling Fellowship Alternate for design excellence; a degree in advanced urban studies from the Landschaftsarchitektur Diplomstudien at the Hochsule fur Technik (HSR) in Zürich, Switzerland; and a BLA with Honors from the School of Architecture and Environmental Design, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, California.
CHRISTOPHER CLARK is lead research scientist for M3PROJECT where he directs M3’s urban ecology, resilience, and climate change adaptation research and environmental implementation strategy. Christopher is also a lead researcher for the Global Change Research Group of the US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) where he directs research on enhancing urban resilience to climate change for several target cities across the United States. Christopher has focused on many issues of national and international interest, including climate change, acid rain, biodiversity, bioenergy, urban resilience, and sustainability. Several of his projects have provided the scientific underpinning for the setting of national and international standards, including the establishment of critical loads of acid rain for ecosystems across the United States. In addition, Christopher has worked on international research projects in China, Europe, and Latin America, including research on tropical and temperate ecosystems. Previously, Christopher was a Fellow in the Science and Technology Fellowships Program of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences. As an AAAS Fellow, Christopher aided the EPA in developing science to support national and local decision making through several projects. Christopher has also supported the development of the USEPA Report to Congress on the Environmental Impacts of Biofuels in the United States, which provides the scientific basis for national policy. In addition, Christopher coordinated efforts of the US Global Change Research Program, and served on several panels at national and international levels. Christopher was formally trained as an ecologist from the University of Minnesota, where he received his Ph. D. under the tutelage of the National Academy Member G. David Tilman. Much of his research focused on the environmental impacts of climate change on terrestrial systems, for which he was recognized as a national leader from the Faculty of 1000. Subsequently, Christopher was a Postdoctoral Researcher at Arizona State University, where he was involved with an international research program between the US and China examining the impacts of biodiversity decline on ecosystem structure and function across Interior China. Christopher holds a Ph. D. in Ecology from the University of Minnesota, and a Bachelor of Physics and a Bachelor of Environmental Ecology from the University of California, Davis. (Christopher’s work with M3 is separate to and independent of any affiliation with the USEPA)
TOM RYAN is lead technical advisor for M3PROJECT offering proven ability in design development and construction detailing excellence essential for the successful implementation of cutting edge design and signature projects. Tom is also founder and principal of Ryan Associates. He frequently collaborates with the leading designers and design firms. Tom’s work with James Corner and Field Operations on the Highline in New York City has received considerable attention and his work was instrumental in developing the details for the raised paving system and the planting details that allow the park to thrive on the top of an old railway superstructure that threads through the west side of Manhattan. At City Center in Las Vegas, he worked with Field Operations to create a large pool complex with lush plantings over a parking structure. In collaboration with Martha Schwartz, he was instrumental in the detailing and construction of the award winning Mesa Arts Center in Arizona, the Brain and Cognitive Sciences center at MIT, and in developing the White Necklace scheme for the Doha Corniche Competition and the Dublin Docklands. He has served as technical advisor to STOSS with ZAS Architects for Nakheel on the Dubai Promenade project, developing the workings of the Seep and Dune landscapes with STOSS. With Raymond Jungles he collaborated on the design and detail development of the Naples Botanical Garden and the Fort Lauderdale New World Symphony. Tom founded Ryan Associates in 1988 and has built an active practice alongside these collaborative efforts. Tom has published and lectured widely and is presently completing on a book for Wiley on Landscape Detailing. He is currently a faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania and in the past has taught at Harvard Graduate School of Design and the State University of New York Environmental Science and Forestry College in Syracuse. As a longtime member of the American Association of Landscape Architects, Tom has served as Chapter President, National Committee Chairman and on Landscape Architecture Academic Accrediting Board Review teams. In 2009 he was elected to the American Association or Landscape Architects Council of Fellows. Tom has practiced widely in the Middle East, China, and in the United States where he is registered in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York, Maryland, Illinois and California.
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