5th generation Alabama native, raised along the Mobile-Tensaw River Delta and the rural black belt region of the state, Michael studied Architecture at Auburn University and immersed himself in a deeply rich and diverse design education and culture. From working in Hale County, Alabama at renowned Samuel Mockbee’s Rural Studio, to studying abroad throughout Europe and finally focusing his Thesis at Auburn’s Urban Studio in Birmingham, Alabama in the historic Civil Rights neighborhood of College Hills and Graymont.
Upon graduation, Michael worked for professor and former Auburn Urban Studio director, Cheryl Morgan on collaborative master plans for a few small and forgotten towns in Alabama. Soon after, he began practicing architecture with firms Dungan and Nequette Architects and later Jeffrey Dungan Architects. Michael was a Lead Designer and Project Manager for nine years with both firms on select residential, master planning and multi-family projects located throughout the country. Michael worked closely with multiple types of clients, designing and managing the process from concept to completion, and amassing many local and national architectural awards on projects he was leading.
In 2010, Michael began to pursue his own passions by teaching art and taking on design-build projects of all types with his own clients. Spending a few days a week in between teaching high school art students at Space One Eleven in downtown Birmingham and teaching a fifth year Architecture design studio at Auburn’s Urban Studio. In pursuit of discovering more depth and meaning to his work through teaching art, designing houses and building furniture for clients. Michael would go on designing and building public art installations, custom build-outs, agricultural buildings and roofing and framing houses. Through relentless pursuit of understanding the craft of architecture and design through hands-on experience, Michael’s design studio is known for designing select bespoke residential projects with a careful attention to the site, the building and its inhabitants.