Michael Di Pasquale
Michael Di Pasquale, AIA, is a registered architect. He was part-owner of Davis Square Architects in Somerville, Massachusetts for over 12 years. While there his work emphasized urban design and mixed use developments, including housing for persons with special needs. His designs include one of the first housing developments in the nation for persons with AIDS.
At UMass Amherst/LARP Michael teaches and coordinates community outreach activities for UMass Extension. In 2009, Michael founded the UMass Amherst Design Center in Springfield. The Design Center, located in the city's historic Court Square provides studio and meeting space for UMass students and faculty working on projects in Springfield. The Design Center also hosts a range of outreach activities and events for Springfield residents.
Michael currently teaches "Introduction to Urban Design" (Fall) and the graduate "Urban Design Studio" (Spring) with Professor Frank Sleegers. He has also served as co-instructor for several graduate planning studios. Special interests include community participation and the role it plays in the equitable redevelopment of post-industrial cities. His research has included the impact that transportation has on economic development and the influence that geography and race have on the revitalization of America's "legacy" cities.
Michael is also Director of the Citizen Planner Training Collaborative (CPTC), an outreach program of UMass Extension that provides learning programs for members of Planning Boards and Zoning Boards of Appeal statewide. Other experience includes design studio instructor at the Boston Architectural College, and architecture instructor at several elementary schools including Citizens School, Boston, MA and Stearns School, Pittsfield, MA.