As an architect, Michael gravitates toward urban/community design and its ability to provide solutions at multiple scales, from whole communities to individuals. The methods are complex, but comprehensible by end users. Success relies on knowledge of the people for whom you design.
Michael interned in the LSU Coastal Ecosystem Design Studio, working in an interdisciplinary environment with Coastal Protection Restoration Authority officials, ecologists, designers, politicians, and anthropologists.
Born and raised in Baton Rouge, Michael values the diversity of Louisiana’s history and culture and the rich blend seen in cities, dance, music, art, and stories. He’s particularly interested in food and its power to influence and connect across cultures and landscapes. He spends all his free time rock climbing, having only recently overcome his lifelong fear of heights. “Now it’s become all I can think about,” said Michael. “It is a form of exercise that really engages your critical thinking as well as physical ability. There’s so many people in the rock climbing community I have met that have become amazing friends and great motivators. It’s a great way to see the beautiful outdoors and stay in shape.”