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“I believe, as Winston Churchill said, that we shape our buildings; thereafter, they shape us.”
Both of Michael’s parents are retired physicians. He grew up surrounded by textbooks, cutaway models of kidneys and numerous knickknacks from pharmaceutical representatives. Consequently, Michael’s understanding of the healthcare world was abstract and at arm’s length. During high school, he volunteered at a local hospital emergency department transporting patients and shuttling supplies. Michael saw firsthand how poor design hinders staff operations and compromises patient satisfaction. Hospital design was cold and clinical. “From an early age, we are taught to do the right thing and contribute as much as we can to the world around us,” says Michael. He knew he didn’t have the chops to be a physician, but he found a niche for himself planning and designing healthcare facilities. “Physicians are a tough group. Often they are brilliant in their field of study, and they know what they want. But they may not understand how to translate their ideas and needs into three-dimensional spaces,” says Michael. “My goal is to focus on their needs and nurture the client/designer relationship to create a true collaboration that results in a successful design.”
Registered Architect: California
ACHA Board Certified Healthcare Architect
U.S. Green Building Council LEED® Accredited Professional
Master of Architecture, University of California, Los Angeles
Bachelor of Arts, Wesleyan University
Did You Know?
When Michael first moved to LA 25 years ago, he bumped into Jack Lemmon at a nursery. A very young and brash Michael asked him what his secret to success was, and he responded, “A little bit of smarts, hard work and a lot of luck.” Michael considers himself the luckiest person in the world.