Michael Strauss

Michael Strauss


Michael founded Vanguard Construction & Development Co., Inc. in 1986. With a background in Architecture and Fine Arts, Michael sees construction as a realization of design and function completed to the highest standards of quality. Under his leadership, Vanguard has built an impressive range of various project types for some of the most esteemed clients, architects and designers in our industry. Yet after nearly four decades, Michael is most proud of Vanguard’s talented employees. 

From Superintendent to Project Manager, from Account Executive to our Estimating, Accounting and Administrative Associates, each of our staff assume ownership of their projects. When brought on board, our employees are asked how we can support their career goals and fulfill their potential. By training, mentoring, and promoting individuals to greater responsibilities within our organization, Vanguard encourages not only their professional growth but also strengthens the depth of our company. By creating a culture of mutual trust and respect, Michael reinforces our core belief in collaboration. Vanguard’s continued success is dependent upon the integrity, dedication and perseverance that each of our family contributes to all of their jobs.

At Vanguard, we advocate on behalf of our clients with pro-active thinking, exemplary conduct and follow-through service. As constructors who strive for excellence, “We make. We build. We create.”

B.A. in Fine Arts, Hunter College
B.S. in Architecture, City College of New York

Michael was a two-time President of the New York A.I.A. Center for Architecture Foundation, a Patron of the Greenwich Village Society of Historic Preservation and a Board Member of openhousenewyork.