Michael Nieminen

Michael Nieminen



“Listening to many voices is a critical step in understanding the needs of a learning community. Innovative design and thoughtful programming grow out of that initial understanding.”

“I have been inspired since youth by many teachers, mentors and colleagues,” Michael says, especially Roger H. Clark, his Masters professor for whom he researched the illustrated Precedents in Architecture, an international publication that uses historical precedents as a trigger for developing clear ordering principles in building design. Michael is therefore passionate about creating innovative learning environments that cultivate brilliance. Programming drives his process to satisfy human needs through meaningful design responses. In particular, he specializes in the transformative adaptive reuse of existing—often historic—buildings as one of the most sustainable acts an architect can perform. “I believe that successful buildings must combine design excellence with skillful project management,” he says, and his commitment to thought leadership in this area is evident through frequent presentations and participation in the local, regional, and national architectural and planning community. Michael has practiced with Kliment Halsband Architects since 1983.

Our Perkins Eastman

Consensus Building is key to building collaborative communities that advance the notion of Human by Design. Michael’s process engages with learning communities to understand their vision and unique culture—a process that inspires the transformative planning and design of educational environments that shape our sustainable future.


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  • +1 (646) 786-1730
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  • Education

  • North Carolina State University; M.Arch
  • University of Florida; B.S. Environmental Design, Architecture
  • Associations

  • American Institute of Architects
    College of Fellows
  • AIA Committee on Architecture for Education, 2021 Chair, 2018-2022 Leadership Group
  • Society of College & University Planners