While bicycling to work, Michael dreams of an environment designed for people, not cars. An avid architectural proponent, he develops his vision by studying people, objects and places, keeping current, and reading an array of books about design, culture, and philosophy. This integrated approach informs and improves his craft. Architecture is a profession requiring well roundedness—the ability to communicate visually and verbally; technical proficiency; curiosity and passion; empathy for clients, end users, contractors; and the ability to make good decisions under pressure. Years of experience have developed this ability in Michael.
The biggest compliment he remembers receiving from a client is ‘We trust you. Do what is right.’ This is a testament to the detail, thoroughness, and thought Michael applies to every aspect of design. Not surprisingly, it is why he has won numerous awards, and, ultimately, why he leads the design team for the mixed-use development and future home of Stantec in downtown Winnipeg.