Michael Strauss founded Vanguard Construction & Development Co. Inc. in 1986. Prior to this, he was a Senior Project Manager and Construction Manager at Ambassador Construction. There he supervised all construction at Mendik Realty’s downtown properties and for other Wall Street firms such as Kidder Peabody and American Bond Buyer. Michael also worked as a designer for the architectural firm of Lee Harris Pomeroy. Previous to this, his construction experience was as a freelance General Contractor performing residential, retail and restaurant projects.
By combining his architectural and building knowledge, Michael has formed a company unique in its sensitivity to realizing the construction needs of its clients. His philosophy of total responsibility for all phases of construction and tailored services for individual projects allows Vanguard Construction to consistently produce jobs to the highest professional standards of excellence as advocate for the client. More recently, Michael has specialized in high-end retail, residential and design/development projects, in addition to working for corporate, hospitality and institutional clients.
Mr. Strauss graduated Cum Laude from CUNY Hunter College with a BA degree in Fine Arts. Michael also holds a BS degree in Architecture from City College of New York. Michael served as President of the Center for Architecture Foundation, is a Senior Advisor to openhousenewyork and a Patron of the GVSHP.