Kenneth A. Himmel is President and Chief Executive Officer of Related Urban, the nation's leading developer of large-scale mixed-use properties. He is an expert in creating thriving developments that bring forth the energy and vitality of an urban destination that resonates with existing local lifestyle and culture.
Under Mr. Himmel's leadership, Related Urban captured the world's attention with iconic, award-winning destinations that include The Square in West Palm Beach; Time Warner Center and Hudson Yards in New York; the Grand Avenue redevelopment project in downtown Los Angeles; and Related Santa Clara in Santa Clara, California. The developments have had a profound impact on their surrounding environments—neighborhoods that have become vibrant, contemporary urban centers.
His past developments reflect his success: Water Tower Place and 730 North Michigan in Chicago; Copley Place in Boston; Reston Town Center in Reston, Virginia; and Pacific Place in Seattle. Mr. Himmel is also responsible for the formation of a restaurant collection in Boston that includes the legendary Grill 23 & Bar, The Harvest Restaurant, The Banks Fish House and Bistro du Midi. Mr. Himmel is the creator and the Managing General Partner for the restaurant collection at Columbus Circle, New York City including the legendary Per Se with chef Thomas Keller and Porter House with chef Michael Lomonaco.
Mr. Himmel received a Bachelor of Science degree with distinction from Cornell University - School of Hotel Administration (where he fosters ongoing mentorship), and a Bachelor of Science degree from The College of William and Mary.
Mr. Himmel lives in Palm Beach, Florida and Marblehead, Mass. and is member of the Historical Society of Palm Beach County and on the Board of the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts.