Executive Director, Co-Founder

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Gigi Lau   
MLArch, MS Urban Policy, BA

Gigi Lau-Gilsinan is a co-founder of Urban Muse Center Inc, a non-profit organization. She is currently working for a Manhattan-based, non-profit developer in real estate development on affordable housing. She takes charge of the pre-development and construction stage of the projects: from searching lands, acquisition, closing, construction, and leasing. She has been working in design and construction since 2008. She has experience in architectural design firms, non-profit and for-profit developers, and general contractors.

Gigi’s articles have been published in Singapore Architect Magazine. She has been invited to speak at “Walkable City, Living Streets” urban conference, and “Professionals in Social Movement” seminar.

Gigi holds a Master’s Degree in Landscape Architecture from The University of Hong Kong and a 2nd Master’s Degree in Urban Policy MS, focusing on affordable housing finance, from Milano, The New School in New York City. She earned a Diploma in Graphic Design with Adobe Illustrator & Adobe Photoshop, and a Diploma in Computer-aided Design with Autodesk AutoCAD.


Co-Founder

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Michael Gilsinan
MM, BM

Michael Gilsinan's musical career has spanned throughout North America, Europe, Asia, Australia and Central America. Notable performances include the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, D.C.; Sydney Opera House, Sydney, Australia; Teatro Nacional, Casco Viejo, Panama; Camerata Hall, Paju, South Korea; Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada; and The Cathedral of St. John the Divine, New York City.

Michael's educational initiatives led him to establish the Fort Lee School of Music where he teaches the fundamentals of music and provides a platform for musicians to build careers. Teaching an innovative open-source music theory course earned Michael a fellowship at the Open University of Catalonia in Barcelona, Spain.  As a faculty member of the 13th annual New York Guitar Seminar at Mannes, Michael developed a workshop on building a career in the arts; giving young guitarist the resources needed to establish successful careers.     

Michael and his wife Gigi Lau Gilsinan founded Urban Muse Center, a platform to focus on Urban Research; Arts and Design; and advocating for neighborhoods with strong creative and economic activity.  

Michael holds a Masters Degree and Bachelors Degree in classical guitar performance from Mannes School of Music at the New School in New York City.