Collaborative, holistic solutions in architecture, planning and development 

Atlas Collaborative Foundation


Atlas Collaborative Foundation brings consistent principles and values to every project. 

1.  Local people should be involved in the process of future building, development, and planning.

2.  Ideas from and amenities for local people should be included in any new project, initiative, or development.

1.  All streets should be designed with priority in the following order: pedestrian, bicycle, public transit, car. 
2.  Development should be controlled and monitored through a holistic planning code.

3.  Trees, planting, and green spaces should be plentiful and easily accessible to all.


1.  Buildings should be beautiful.

2.  The most resilient solutions appropriately respond to the site: climate, orientation, and available local materials. 

3.  Buildings should blend into their surroundings, both man-made and natural.

4.  Impact, energy, and water reduction should be obtained through materials, methods and systems which do not rely on technology and machinery. ​


We are committed to building stronger, more resilient communities around the world.  

Michael Romero, Executive Director, trustee

Michael is the founder of Atlas Collaborative Foundation. He has over fifteen years experience working on live projects in sustainable architecture, holistic masterplanning, and community engagement around the world. He also has diverse teaching and advocacy experience in architecture, planning, and sustainability. Lastly, he has a keen interest and rich experience in researching the intricacies of policy, market behavior and investments in land use, planning and architecture.

Previously, Michael was the Director of American Projects for The Prince's Foundation for Building Community, based in Washington, D.C. He managed a variety of projects, the largest being The Foundation’s programme of activities in the Galapagos Islands. Before relocating to the US, he worked at The Foundation's headquarters in London. While there, Michael managed projects in sustainable architecture, urban revitalization, and masterplanning, both in the United Kingdom and internationally. From 2006 to 2009, Michael owned and managed a firm in traditional architecture and urban design in Chicago.

Michael holds a Master's in Sustainable Urbanism from the University of Wales via The Prince's Foundation’s Graduate Fellowship program. He also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture from the University of Notre Dame. 


anne Mcenany, trustee 

Anne is the President & CEO of the International Community Foundation (ICF). She leads ICF's grant making portfolio in all program areas and other special initiatives, including their marine and terrestrial conservation program with an emphasis on the Baja California peninsula, coastal communities of the Gulf of California and the Easter Tropical Pacific region. She has nearly two decades of international conservation experience.

Anne holds an M.S. in Applied International Development from Tulane and a Bachelor’s degree in Latin American Studies from UVA. 

mallory baches, TRUSTEE 

Mallory Baches is an urban designer and civic specialist.  She is the founder and director of The Civic Hub, an urban design and community engagement consultancy.  The Civic Hub works with individuals, groups, and entire communities to help kickstart community-building. 

Mallory previously practiced urban design with Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company and co-founded their first affiliate office, DPZpacific LLC.  Mallory holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture from the University of Notre Dame and is currently pursuing an MSc in Sustainable Urban Development from the University of Oxford.  She is accredited with the American Planning Association (AICP), the U.S. Green Building Council (LEED), and the Congress for New Urbanism (CNU-A).  She was named a member of the 2013 Next Urban Vanguard class by Next City, is the current Past-President of the Association for Community Design, is a member of the Placemaking Leadership Council of the Project for Public Spaces, and is an active member of the Carolinas Chapter of the CNU.

OUR leadership

Our leaders have decades of experience making an impact in community revitalization, planning, and sustainability.