As the founding Principal of studioMLA Architects, Mike is responsible for the overall direction of the firm and the ongoing management of the design teams. His direct involvement in projects and ongoing oversight of quality control and professional development help to ensure a consistently high quality of design work and client experience. Mike enjoys traveling, hiking, rowing, good food and trying to keep up with his very active family.
Mike is a graduate of the University of Illinois and the Harvard University Graduate school of Design and prior to founding studioMLA, has practiced architecture in Paris, New York, and Boston since 1982. In addition to his leadership role at the firm, he is on the board of several non-profit organizations and writes, speaks and gives workshops on sustainability, adaptive re-use and the design of children’s educational and play environments. As one of the country’s leading architects in the design of buildings and outdoor spaces for children, Mike has served as an advisor to the American Academy of Pediatrics, taught the Institute on Childcare Design at the Harvard Graduate School of Design for seven years, and has been instrumental in organizing the World Forum “onDesign” conferences at UC Berkeley and in Rotorua, New Zealand.