Michael Conard is the Assistant Director at the Urban Design Lab and Adjunct Associate Professor, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation at Columbia University. Recent projects include NIRF (National Integrated Regional Foodshed) (Current) a national strategy for enhancing regional food systems, New York Regional Foodshed (Current) a regional strategy for food based infrastructure, Curbing Childhood Obesity (2008), design and systems recommendations to address the current obesity epidemic, and Creating a Cultural Corridor: 125th Street (2007), a local cultural sustainability plan. Conard is a registered architect in New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts. He holds an NCARB certificate, is a Fellow of the Institute for Urban Design and is a Past Fellow of the Design Trust for Public Space. Conard has directed applied and academic urban design research for over twenty-five years on five continents in both the public and private sectors. His work has bridged urban and architectural design and environmental sustainability with public health, local economic development and equal access.