Michael Kirchmann is the founder and CEO of Global Design Strategies (GDSNY), an international real estate development and design consultancy firm with offices in New York and London. GDSNY is an innovative, design-led practice whose interests comprise real estate development, real estate e-commerce, architecture, brand communications, art, sustainability and strategic planning.
Michael founded GDSNY after working for Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) for eleven years, where he was a Director in the New York office. He has worked on projects across the United States, Europe, the Middle East, India, Korea, the United Kingdom, China, and Africa. He has received recognition for his extensive work around the globe that includes large-scale urban design masterplans, office towers, residential developments, airports, museums, art installations, and brand communications across a broad range of development typologies.
He has 20 years of diversified real estate experience and has worked on projects with a number of industry leaders including Shell, Oracle, Pfizer, JP Morgan, Four Seasons, Hilton Hotels, Ritz Carlton, ING Real Estate, HRO, Siemans, Guggenheim, Marriot Group, Bouygues, European Central Bank, and Brookfield Properties.
Michael currently sits on advisory boards for several organizations worldwide.