MPRB Welcomes New Assistant Superintendent of Planning Services

The following news item has been issued by the Park Board.
MPRB Welcomes New Assistant Superintendent of Planning Services
The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) welcomes Michael Schroeder as the new Assistant Superintendent for Planning, effective February 1, 2015.Schroeder comes from architecture and design firm LHB where he served as a Landscape Architecture and Planning Focus Leader. He has been acting as the MPRB’s Interim Assistant Superintendent for Planning since October 2014. Schroeder also assisted with the Planning Division’s leadership transition in 2011.

The Assistant Superintendent for Planning is responsible for the oversight of the division’s application of land management practices consistent with the Park Board’s mission and policies. The MPRB’s Planning Services Division provides expertise to lead, advise and guide the development and redevelopment of the Minneapolis Park system. The division oversees park system analysis and master planning, real estate services, design and engineering, physical development and redevelopment, and construction permitting.

“In 2011 and 2014, Michael provided outstanding leadership for the division while bringing great skills as a landscape architect and project manager to the Park Board. I am excited for him to step into this role permanently to continue providing visionary, innovative, and strategic leadership for the Park Board’s Planning Division,” said MPRB Superintendent Jayne Miller. “The quality of his work and leadership are exemplary and I am thrilled to for him to be part of an outstanding team that continues to elevate the stature of the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board.”

Schroeder is a licensed landscape architect with experience in interpretive design, historic preservation, streetscape design, master planning, site design, and community planning and design. This expertise has been provided for clients that include non-profits, community and neighborhood groups, private sector entities, and a wide spectrum of municipal, county and state agencies. He specializes on communities and the engagement of stakeholders in the design process, with an emphasis on the relationship between places and the experiences people desire.

Schroeder’s previous projects include urban design consulting in towns and cities Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, Connecticut, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Iowa, Georgia, New Mexico, and North Carolina. His recent work includes park master planning in Roseville, Minnesota and the design of Firemen’s Park in Chaska, as well as participating on the Central Riverfront Regional Master Plan and the Calhoun-Isles design charrette.

During the last several years, Schroeder has been involved in efforts related to the remediation of the continent’s largest inland oil spill and transit-oriented design for cities including Minneapolis and Duluth. Other recent projects include the redevelopment of the Bay Center in Wayzata, master planning for the Douglas Drive Corridor in Golden Valley, and streetscape design for Superior Street in Duluth.

Schroeder received a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from the University of Minnesota and has received several awards and recognition for his professional work.