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:


Buro Happold
Cozen O'Connor
Curtis + Ginsberg Architects
Delta Air Lines
Jesse Hertzberg
HR&A Advisors
Evie Klein
Langan Engineering
PJT Partners
Robert A.M. Stern Architects
STV Construction, Inc.
W Architecture + Landscape Architecture
WXY Architecture + Urban Design


Joyce Menschel


Jerry Caldari
Julia Day
Susan Fine
Johanna Flato
Sally Gottesman
Greg Reaves
Jason Langer/Robert Bird Group
John Finamore/E.W. Howell Co., LLC.
TF Cornerstone
Therme Group US
Craig Tooman
Trinity Church Wall Street
TsAO & McKOWN Architects

Young Urbanist

Emily Abernathy
Caroline Magee
Cass Calder Smith
Susanna Buff