Michael Keane
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Urban Planning

Michael Keane, AICP is an urban planner with professional planning experience in the public and private sectors, both in the United States and overseas.  As a Senior Planner with the New York City-based consulting firm BFJ Planning, Mr. Keane specializes in comprehensive planning and zoning, with a focus on land use controls and implementation strategies.  At BFJ, he has produced master plans for the City of Mount Vernon and the Village of Port Chester, New York; Rockland and Nassau Counties; and the Capital City of Hanoi, Vietnam.  The Rockland County Master Plan was the recipient of the New York Planning Federation 2012 Comprehensive Plan Award for outstanding and innovative comprehensive plan, while the Hanoi 2030 Master Plan won the 2011 AIA New York Chapter Urban Design Merit Award.

Mr. Keane is currently producing the 10-year Master Plan for the City of Stamford, CT.       

Mr. Keane is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, the American Planning Association and the New York Planning Federation.  He sits on the Board of Directors for the NYPF representing the New York Metro region, and is also a member of Manhattan Community Board Five.   

He received his Master of Urban Planning from Hunter College, and also holds a Master of Arts in 20th Century U.S. History from the University of Maryland College Park and a Bachelor’s in History and Psychology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Semester Course
Fall 2012 CAP-GP.3601.002 Capstone: Workshop in Urban Planning
Couples with CAP-GP.3602.

As part of the core curriculum of the NYU Wagner Masters program, Capstone teams spend an academic year addressing challenges and identifying opportunities for a client organization or conducting research on a pressing social question. Capstone, in architecture, is the crowning piece of an arch, the center stone that holds the arch together, giving it shape and strength. Wagner's Capstone program plays a similar role, by providing students with a centerpiece of their graduate experience whereby they are able to experience first-hand turning the theory of their studies into practice under the guidance of an experienced faculty member. Projects require students to get up-to-speed quickly on a specific content or issue area; enhance key process skills including project management and teamwork; and develop competency in gathering, analyzing, and reporting out on data. Capstone requires students to interweave their learning in all these areas, and to do so in real time, in an unpredictable, complex, real-world environment.
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