Michael Buckley provides Development Advisory services to developer / owners, cities, and institutions for mixed-use projects, repositioning underutilized sites, and disposition of surplus assets. Strategic planning work includes commercial office / retail / hotel projects in major cities, both domestic and international.
Privatization advisory roles for GSA for Washington's Navy Yard with Anacostia Riverfront Park by Forest City Enterprises, and the historic Old Post Office by the Trump Organization.
International assignments include King Khalid Science City in Riyadh, and IMC's Mixed-Use Tower in Qingdao. Transportation projects include advisor to Transbay on Mixed-Use concepts for Fast Train terminal, and on new LIRR Concourse Grand Central.
Corporate Fortune 100 consulting for portfolio strategies, and headquarters facilities for Citicorp, Pitney Bowes, AT&T, Phillips Pension Fund, and Prudential Realty. Recent engagements include re-positioning an underperforming shopping mall, advisor for a new riverfront district, and expert witness for failed developments. Buckley is also an Advisory Board member for Interlink Group,
a Caribbean Resort Developer / Hotel Operator.
Professional / Academic
& Civic Experience
"As 15 year Columbia MSRED Director, Buckley focused on broad skills from concept through finance, created the Center for High Density, doubled enrollment to the largest program in the nation, and expanded practitioner faculty."
Board Member CUNY
Leadership in Professional Organizations
ULI Trustee & Program Committee Chair; Dep Chair NYC District Council;
President, Connecticut Society of Architects; Board Member, AIA Dallas.
Founding Member, Real Estate Roundtable Research Committee
Board, Chair Program Committee: Assoc of Foreign Investors in Real Estate
Co-Chair PREA Development Affinity Group.
Board Member, Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation;
Deputy Chair, City of Dallas Cypress Waters Tax Increment District.
Chair of Fort Worth Inc.'s Plan 2023 Educational Committee
Core Faculty, MIT Center for Real Estate.
Director, Columbia University Masters in Real Estate Program
Director, Columbia Center for High Density
Director, UTA Center for Metropolitan Density
Head UTA / CfMD Advanced Design Studio,
Recognized for: Case Study Design Studios; Schematic Financial Feasibility;
Tax Increment Financing to offset infrastructure; Public / Private Partnering; and innovative Capital Stacks.
Guest Lectures: MIT, Rice University, UTA, UPenn. and Harvard
Education/ Professional Recognition
Rice University, BA + BArch; WW Watkin Traveling Fellowship
MIT, Masters in Advance Studies; Rotch Traveling Fellowship
Cert Ecoles Des Beaux Arts Fontainebleau;
Fellow, American Institute of Architects + Royal Institute Chartered Surveyors.
Berlage Institute 'Corporations &Cities' Brussels
Colin works with Halcyon Ltd as Senior Research Associate on selective engagements, bringing his professional training in Data Integration and Telecommunications, to Economic Development Consulting. A strong technology motivation, strategic intuition and communication style, enables interaction with both Corporate and Developer client teams.
As Business Development Manager, Colin has strategized new consulting opportunities and created proposal formats for best fit of project scope to timeframe.
Colin serves on Halcyon engagements which require analysis of market conditions, specific land uses, and competative environments.
BA in Business Communication
St Mary's University, San Antonio Texas
Market / Competitive Environment
Colin's experience includes the following Halcyon Ltd engagements
Garland Strategic Plan
Formulated a Strategic Economic Development Plan, due to the erosion of city's retail base, and corporate facility out migration; assisted in report drafting; presentations to Mayor's office, and research on Strategic Industry Clusters
Jones Day Expert Witness
For DDR, national real estate investment trust in litigation on complex mixed-use retail / residential / office center joint venture, assisted in Deposition preparation, and competitive environment research.
For a failed Mixed-Use Entertainment Center adjacent Cowboys Stadium in Texas, researched environment for Lifestyle and Regional Shopping Centers; helped prove declining real estate markets and poor leasing, contributed to developer's decision to withdraw.
Transbay Fast Train Terminal
Assisted in creating Tenant Mix and Layout Plan, new uses for Transbay's rooftop Park, Development schedule and Pro Forma; prepared Interim Use Strategy for the Train Box with research for uses that could be constructed and operated with short timeframes, ceasing operations, upon notice from Transbay to fit out.