Michael is CEO and Principal - Design of leading Australian design firm Allen Jack+Cottier Architects. He employs over 70 staff, and has designed projects throughout the Asia-Pacific region - as far north as Inner Mongolia and as far south as Antarctica. The firm has current projects in China, New Zealand and Australia. Michael is an award winning architect with an impressive portfolio that spans sectors and ranges in size from luxury private residences to the masterplanning of new cities and Olympic venues. Michael is passionate about sailing and has competed locally, nationally and internationally in the sport – he has competed 15 times in the formidable Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race. He surfs most days before coming in to the office, juggling early morning engagements with good swell, and this enthusiasm and vigour runs through all of his work, resulting in architecture that is deeply sympathetic to its context but also fresh and joyous. All of Michael’s projects fully integrate ecologically sustainable design (ESD) principles. His ESD work has been recognised by peer awards including Excellence in the Sustainable and Public Architecture categories in the 2007 and 2008 Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) NSW Awards. Most recently his design for Milson Island Indoor Sports Stadium was awarded a Silver Medal at the 2013 International Olympic Committee/International Association Awards for Exceptional Sports & Leisure Facilities around the globe. Michael’s design for Berry Sports and Recreation Hall won Best Sports Building at the World Architecture Festival in 2009 and he was subsequently invited to join the judging panel at the World Architecture Festival in 2010, and has returned to judge every year since. He is an experienced public speaker who regularly gives talks across Australia and internationally.