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  In architecture you have to be committed, driven, and believe that you can make a difference in communities. It’s a lifestyle, not a job.

Michael Hopkins


Berkley, Michigan

For Michael, it’s the opportunity to be creative while actively helping society that makes him love being a designer. He’s been with Stantec since 2007, and recently he’s been working on the Genesee Career Institute (GCI), a facility that will transform an outdated model of technical education into an exciting, innovative program that enables students to finish high school with certifications and the potential for high-paying employment right out of the gate.

The center supports multiple school districts in Genesee County, acting as an interesting melting pot of social, economic, and racial backgrounds. With a strategic reshuffling of program parts and the introduction of new shared resources, the GCI can support instruction during school hours as well as events and continuing education for the community in the off hours.

When he’s not at work, Michael might be reading obscure journals on architecture and urbanism, debating with his architect wife about the next modification to their home, or building and drawing with his kids—who are not allowed to be architects.

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