Michael Santora

Michael Santora


New York

Michael is a Founder and Principal of Crown Architecture and Consulting, D.P.C.. He started Crown in 2008 to create a vertically integrated architecture firm that solved many of the inefficiencies he saw between ownership, 3rd party professional services and city agencies. 

Prior to starting Crown, Michael worked at M. Moser Associates, a global firm with 12 offices worldwide and 4,500 completed projects to date. He was quickly promoted to Director of New York which oversaw all operations in the Americas and helped close many acclaimed projects. This position marked the youngest promotion to Director in the company’s history. Prior to working at M. Moser Associates, Michael worked at AEC Engineering, a design/build engineering firm, where he learned the inner workings of the New York City development industry and assumed the number two position in the firm. In this role, Michael was active in every aspect of the field: Design, Engineering, Municipal Legalization and On-Site Construction Management. Throughout college he moonlighted as a draftsman for the NYC architecture firm Attick & Nystrom.

Crown’s success has been grounded in Michael’s unparalleled knowledge of building code, zoning, and the inner-workings of municipal agencies, while remaining committed to the creativity, design, and style of each project. Michael has advised and negotiated on behalf of many of New York’s most active developers on over three million square feet of development transactions, and put together the assemblage - discovering an additional 200,000 sq ft of unrecognized air rights for a total of 1,000,000 developable sq ft - for what will be Denver, CO largest tower.

Michael was a Presidential Academic Achievement Award Winner under President Clinton and graduated from Wentworth Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science degree in Architectural Engineering and Civil Engineering. Michael is involved in the ACE Mentoring Program, where he was once a mentee and scholarship recipient, for the advancement of high school students looking to enter architecture, engineering and construction. Michael was recently a Director for BOOM!Health, where he advised on their real estate assets and was monumental in the nonprofit being acquired by a larger national nonprofit. Remaining active at his alma mater, he is a Corporator at the Wentworth Corporation, guiding, advising and advancing the Institute, alumnus inductee of World Association for Cooperative Education’s (WACE) Hall of Fame, and is the youngest person ever to endow a scholarship, the Crown Scholarship for undergraduates in the architecture program, and was awarded Wentworth’s Alumni Association’s 2015 Young Alumni Award. Michael also enjoys teaching REBNY and NYU real estate courses.

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