Michael Graves & Associates (MGA), an internationally well-known planning and architectural design firm, has formed a close association with Duany Plater-Zyberk and Company (DPZ), known for its pioneering work in New Urbanism. MGA, located in Princeton, NJ, was founded in 1964 by Michael Graves, FAIA, the 2001 AIA Gold Medalist. Our projects, and Mr. Graves, have won over 185 major design awards. DPZ, was founded in 1980 by Andres Duany, FAIA, and Elizabeth Plater-Zy- berk, AIA, who are known for their innovative transit and town-centered communities and have received many honors for their development of the New Urbanism philosophy. Both are Princeton University graduates and know the West Windsor-Princeton Junction area and its potential.
Springhill Lake Transit-Oriented Development Greenbelt, Maryland
Our two firms. MGA and DPZ, are currently working on a major planned Community in Greenbelt, MD, known as Spring Hill Lake. This project is an important large Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) with a pedestrian connection to the Washington Metro Greenbelt Station. It is also a redevelopment project where existing buildings are being demolished and replaced in phases. DPZ provided the planning lead and MGA the architectural lead. We propose replicating this organiza- tion for the West Windsor-Princeton Junction Redevelopment Plan. The project will be managed by MGA under the leadership of Gary Lapera, AIA, a Principal of MGA with substantial experience in redevelopment planning. Andrés Duany will be the Lead Principal for DPZ. At every step the work will be performed collaboratively by the two firms. We have developed a very tight and capable team of subconsultants to work with us. These subconsultants were chosen based upon their ex- pertise in their individual discipline and their ability to bring creativity and sustainability to the project, as well as their previous relationships with MGA and DPZ, particularly in regards to Spring Hill Lake.
MGA and DPZ both bring a real understanding of West Windsor Town- ship/Princeton Junction and the dynamics of the Mercer County area and the Northeast Rail Corridor. MGA offices are located just minutes from West Windsor in “downtown” Princeton. And as frequent rail travel- ers, MGA, brings a particular awareness of the potential for the Rede- velopment Area. DPZ also has a keen appreciation for the area – not only did both Andrés Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk attend college in the area, but Ms. Plater-Zyberk is also a previous member of Princ- eton University’s Board of Trustees. They too have experienced frequent travel via the Princeton Junction Station, and have used the services of the Dinky, as well.
MICHAEL GRAVES & ASSOCIATES with DUANY PLATER-ZYBERK AND COMPANY