The Design Trust Council is a leadership circle of civic-minded professionals who support the Design Trust’s mission to make a lasting impact—through design—on public space in NYC. 

By becoming a Design Trust Council member, you are showing your commitment to public space that is democratic, accessible, and helps empower people to create equitable and stable communities. Members provide substantial support to the organization; examples of how these funds are used to make a difference include:

  • $250: Pays the stipend of a community engagement working group member 
  • $1,000: Covers the cost of two community design workshops
  • $2,500: Average cost of translating Design Trust project materials into multiple languages, including Spanish and Chinese

Design Trust Council members, in recognition of their vital support, also enjoy a number of special opportunities, including invitations to a diverse roster of exclusive events providing an inside look at the projects, people, and organizations who focus on the activation and challenges of public space.

Join the Council today!

Membership Benefits

  • Exclusive invitations to studio visits, panels, and behind-the-scenes tours
  • Inside access to project-related lectures, launch parties, and exhibitions 
  • Prominent recognition on our website, annual report, and Council materials

Membership Levels

Corporate—$2,500 [3 memberships]
Individual—$1,000 [1 membership plus guest] 
Young Urbanist (35 and under)—$250 [1 membership plus guest]

To support all Young Urbanists interested in joining the Design Trust Council, the Design Trust is able to offer pay-what-you-can, need-based membership. Contact Alisa Schierman for more details.


Current Council Membership:


Mary Burnham
Cozen O'Connor
Curtis + Ginsberg Architects
Dagher Engineering
Dattner Architects
GFP Real Estate
Grand Central Partnership 
HR&A Advisors
Langan Engineering
Northwell Health 
PJT Partners
Robert A.M. Stern Architects
W Architecture & Landscape Architecture
WXY architecture + urban design


Joyce Menschel


Hugo Barreca
Beyer Blinder Belle
Burns Engineering
Cass Calder Smith
Cooper Robertson 
Deborah Berke Partners
Jerrod Delaine
Johanna Flato
FLOX Studio
JG Neukomm Architecture
Evie Klein
James Lima Planning + Development
Paula Mueller
Starr Whitehouse Landscape Architects and Planners
Dominic Ramos-Ruiz
Reavis Page Jump
Richter + Ratner
Risk Strategies
TF Cornerstone
Thornton Tomasetti
Times Square Alliance
Craig Tooman
TsAO & McKOWN Architects
Patricia Willens

Young Urbanist

Caroline Magee
Cass Calder Smith
Susanna Buff

Past Events