“Design and construction with the intent to last is my approach to sustainability. And when clients ask whether I prefer traditional or modern, I say there are no bad styles, just styles done badly.”
Michael traces the roots of his interest in architecture to his father, an armchair Architect and patron of the arts. Although he grew up in homes designed by Architects and full of books and journals on the subject, Michael didn’t fully realize his own intrigue until a shortcut across Montana State University’s campus took him through the School of Architecture building. Student project models lined the corridor and the miniature buildings mesmerized him. “Seeing all those models was my epiphany - science, math and art combined. I knew right then I wanted to be an Architect.”
Now an independent Architect, Michael’s work experience spans over 23 years. Most recently a partner at Indigo Architects on Bainbridge Island, he’s worked with firms ranging in size from 1 person to 500. Likewise, his professional resume includes award-winning buildings varying from single-family residences to world headquarters for global companies, municipal buildings to airports, and public monuments to parking structures. Michael not only designs for new construction, but also has a notable portfolio of remodels and landmark rehabilitation projects in the Puget Sound area and as far across the country as Florida.
Notable Design Projects
Living on Bainbridge Island naturally inspires architectural creativity, like for a jewel box, waterfront residence on Bainbridge Island and a breathtaking, mountainside retreat on Orcas Island, each of which embrace the best of the Pacific Northwest. In both projects, large folding glass doors bring the outdoors in, flooding the interiors with light even on the grayest days.
The Orcas Island retreat is a particular point of pride for Michael, who conceptualized how the home integrates into its surroundings. While taking in the site’s challenging, rocky, moss-covered slope overlooking the Salish Sea, an architectural idea was born. “Our very first response was to preserve the natural beauty and integrity of the hillside while assuring the home’s placement was structurally sound.” The resulting luxury retreat melds with its natural surroundings, creating a haven with expansive water and island views on one side, and an intimate perspective of the cliff’s stone and lichen slope on the other.
Live & Work
Michael, a resident of Bainbridge Island since 2007, enjoys the tightly knit community, “I’m incredibly fortunate to work just a quarter mile from my home. My neighbors are my clients. My workplace is where I live. It’s ideal.” A past member of the City of Bainbridge Planning Commission, he remains committed to preserving the integrity of the island he calls home.
Licenses & Education
Registered Architect, State of Washington, 1997
Registered Architect, State of Florida, 2003
Masters of Architecture, Ohio State University, 1995
Bachelor of Arts, Architectural Studies, University of Washington, 1989