Michael leads design from a position that places strong emphasis on community engagement believing that our best work is informed by real and pragmatic concerns. In teaching and in practice, he is driven by a series of social interests including education, equitable food systems and social justice in urban design. An energetic designer, Michael has led teams to nearly 30 design awards in his career. He is also currently an Adjunct Professor at Woodbury University, engaging students in projects about urban sustainability. Michael has a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Penn State University and a Master's Degree from the Southern California Institute of Architecture.
“I am particularly interested in the ideas that come out of communities. Those who engage the process are design experts and I am always enthused when we can create discussions about what communities know. Parents, children and neighbors contribute amazing information and ideas when we listen and respect their input. It inspires us and helps the work to make a difference.”