CO-FOUNDER

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Gigi Lau   
MLArch, MS Urban Policy, BA

Gigi Lau has over 10 years in a broad experience from global design firms, a condo developer and contractors, non-profit organizations, and policy think tanks from New York City and Hong Kong. Gigi has strong budgeting and financial management, planning and design skills. At Common Grain, she takes charge of developing business models, financial tracking, business proposal, and designing logos, flyers, and the interior. Her strong design backgrounds have materialized the company’s visions.

Professionally, Gigi has been an architectural and landscape designer, policy analyst, and urban activist. She is co-convener of the Pound Lane Concern Group. She is strong in interior design, landscape master plans, GIS mapping, schematic design, public engagement workshops, and project management. Gigi aims to combine her professional design and policy research skills in urban advocacy.

Gigi’s articles have been published in newspapers and magazines. She has been invited to speak at urban conferences, seminars and workshops. 

Gigi's family has lived in Pound Lane, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong for three generations, She is a passionate advocate for the conservation of this historic district and its unique experience.

Gigi holds a Master’s Degree in Landscape Architecture from The University of Hong Kong and 2nd Master’s Degree in Urban Policy MS from Milano, The New School in New York City. She also 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 Common Grain, 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.