Mike was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan and his family worked together with their neighbors build their home. It was memorable experience to say the least – the team spirit, the design vision, seeing the result of everyone’s hard work, but it was a high school drafting teacher with a penchant for taking his students on field trips to construction sites that got Mike started on his path to architecture.
Mike’s first job was with a small firm in Chicago where the owner placed a lot of faith in young talent. With only a few years’ experience, Mike was well-schooled at things it takes many architects decades to learn, and because of this early mentorship he understands the importance of investing in staff.
Out of necessity, at this small firm he learned everything he could, and he learned it quickly. When he eventually sought a career change, he transitioned to The Environments Group. Here, he built his portfolio and grew his design leadership skills, staying with the company through their merger to Perkins&Will. He has held a leadership role at Perkins&Will ever since, and is committed to furthering design excellence and investing in young talent.