Michael Lander is a real estate developer and broker, urban planner, speaker, new urbanism advocate, and expert on Smart Growth and transportation policy.
As founder and president of Lander Group, a Minneapolis-based real estate development firm specializing in urban infill projects, he leads the planning, design, and development of commercial, residential, and mixed-use developments across the Midwest and California. Lander Group, alone and in partnerships with other firms, has designed, developed and sold over 750 units and $150 million dollars of infill residential/mixed-use projects, both new construction and substantial renovations or adaptive reuse.
Lander’s work is known for creating thriving urban spaces incorporating new urbanist principles, high-quality design and construction, and a commitment to the public realm. Lander Group was awarded the prestigious Multi-Family Developer of the Year Award from the National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB) and has received multiple Awards from BUILDER Magazine Builder’s Choice, Professional Builder Magazine Best in American Living, Minneapolis Historic Preservation Commission, Saint Paul Heritage Preservation Commission, and the Committee on Urban Environment. Lander’s work has also garnered recognition from the American Institute of Architects (AIA).
For Lander Group and as partner in urban planning firm Town Planning Collaborative, Lander has held lead planning roles for many major new urban developments over the last two decades. As one of the original signers of the Charter of the Congress for the New Urbanism, Michael has lead the way in forming new approaches to building livable communities. In the Twin Cities, he helped create the award-winning plan for Excelsior & Grand, St. Louis Park’s new town center, the Sears redevelopment, and led an acclaimed design charrette for Minneapolis’ Uptown district.
Commitment to Community and Design
Through extensive experience in urban development, the Lander Group is adept at handling the unique challenges of urban environments - challenges far different from those faced by developments outside the urban core.
The Lander Group incorporates time-tested principles of urban planning into each development and is known for designing developments to reflect the unique character of the neighborhoods in which they are located.
A commitment to creating great places where people live, work, and play is evident – developments include green space, street-level activity, a range of housing types including ownership and rental, and mixed-use buildings, including commercial/retail and residential. Extensive experience, long-term focus, and philosophy put Lander Group in a unique position among its competitors.