Young professionals are the largest demographic seeking apartments in most urban areas. Yet, developers continue to build conventional apartments, designed for young families. To meet the needs of young professionals, developers must innovate with the size and layout of apartments for today’s generation. The most obvious innovation is the so-called “micro-apartment.” As an advocate for urbanism, I intend to overcome the barriers in the way of innovation to build young people with Micro Apartments and other innovative homes they truly desire.
Adam Hengels, founder of TheMicroMaker.com, is SVP and Director of Development of PAD, a real estate development startup that builds communities for young professionals. PAD’s developments will feature micro-apartments and other product innovations.
From Mega-Projects to Micro-Apartments, Adam has brought his development expertise to several high profile projects such as the $5B Barclays Center Arena and Atlantic Yards project in Brooklyn, New York. Adam earned his Masters in Real Estate Development at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and has a BS and MS in Structural Engineering.
Adam is passionate about urbanism, and is known as a pioneer in the Market Urbanism movement. His mission is to improve the urban experience, and overcoming obstacles that prevent aspiring city dwellers from living where they want. He considers the conventional apartment layout to be stale. Product innovations such as micro-apartments are a key part of the next wave in urbanism.
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