Freshman year at Penn, Mike returned to Hill Hall, his Eero Saarinen-designed dormitory, finding the central atrium filled with students free-hand sketching. He asked, “what class is this?” and later signed up for Architecture 200 as a sophomore. Starting without an iota of natural drawing talent, and finding the class incredibly challenging, the skills and ideas he saw being envisioned around him inspired Mike to change his major to architecture. Recognizing the true value of collaboration and using the best skills of those around you then—and throughout his career—Mike has concentrated on engaging designers to think outside the lines and to see what opportunities their clients see, always deepening his personal and professional understanding of everyone participating on projects.
When not mentoring the next generation, Mike shares his energy with pro-bono services to several national committees of the American Institute of Architects as well as locally based committees for the Carpenters Company of the City and County of Philadelphia.
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Always entrepreneurial, Mike matches his design sensibility with business acumen, delivering projects to delighted clients and communities that maximize return on design investment while going beyond their expectations for the customer experience. Through in-studio teaching and mentorship, he fosters continuous crops of young Philadelphia professionals, who go on to produce award-winning projects that have enhanced the built environment in Philadelphia and throughout the Mid-Atlantic region.