Principal, Michael Gallis & Associates


Michael Gallis & Associates, a strategic planning and design firm, was formed in 1988. Since that time, the company has grown to become a multi-disciplinary firm offering a wide variety of planning, real estate and information services to a broad range of public, private and institutional clients across the country.

In addition, Mr. Gallis has led in-depth strategic development programs for regions (including Detroit, Cincinnati, Memphis, West Michigan, Orlando and Charlotte), states (including Connecticut, Rhode Island, Illinois, and New Jersey) and nations (including Canada and the United States). Mr. Gallis was recently a consultant to the National Surface Transportation Revenue and Study Commission on developing the "Big Picture" component of the U.S. 21st century transportation vision, which involved describing the infrastructure the U.S. must develop to effectively compete in the global economy.

Mr. Gallis was recently named a member of the Founding Board of the International Radical Innovation Institute. He has been a featured speaker and seminar leader for a variety of international and national meetings and conferences on subjects ranging from urban development and regional planning to transportation, economic development and technology. Mr. Gallis and his firm have received many awards and honors, including a National Design Award from the U.S. Department of Transportation and the National Endowment for the Arts, and two National Economic Development awards for work on the Concord-Cabarrus Sourcebook.

Mr. Gallis has served on numerous boards and commissions, including the Governor's Commission on a Competitive North Carolina, the Advisory Board of the International Congress of the Atlantic Rim and the Mayor's International Cabinet. He also was selected to join a technical assistance team sent to Poland to provide advice on major metropolitan development. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Urban Design in New York.

Mr. Gallis was an associate professor of architecture and planning in the College of Architecture at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte from 1974 to 1997. In 1990, he was selected as the first Fellow at the Institute of Urban Studies. Mr. Gallis received a Bachelor's degree in architecture from the University of California, Berkeley and two Master's degrees - one in architecture and one in city planning - from the University of Pennsylvania.