Michael has over a decade of project management with all phases of design, from concept to construction administration. He is a Licensed Architect in the states of California and New York, and is LEED and NCARB Certified. Michael is a graduate of the Bachelor of Architecture program at Cornell University. He spent several years in New York apprenticing at acclaimed B Five Studio learning the art of detailing and the finesse of natural materials. His passion for commercial scale architecture led him to Stephen B Jacobs Group, where he became Project Manager for successful mixed-use projects totaling over $200 million in construction, including: 325 Fifth Avenue, be@schermerhorn, and historic renovations proposed for the famous Puck Building in SoHo. Seeking further advancement in the design field, Michael obtained a Master of Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Design. He moved to Los Angeles in 2009 to complement the hard edge of New York with the vibrancy of being in the creative capital of the United States. He became Director of the Los Angeles Studio for internationally acclaimed firm MADA s.p.a.m., apprenticing under Qingyun Ma, Dean of the University of Southern California School of Architecture. Michael frequently flew between the main office in Shanghai and the studio in Los Angeles, managing projects ranging in scale from public institutions to urban masterplans. Michael then spent several years working as a Project Architect for the Los Angeles design firm John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects, where his experience expanded to include university buildings, condominiums, schools, and commercial centers. Clients at JFAK included UC Santa Barbara, Occidental College, The Taubman Company, Los Angeles Neighborhood Initiative, ALTA Charter Schools, and Icon Venue Group (AEG).