Michael joined the Equip Studio team in the Spring of 2021 after graduating from Clemson University with his Bachelor of Arts in Architecture degree and a minor in Sustainability. He is passionate about architecture that provokes thought and helps create positive change for the community it is designed within.
During his time at Clemson University, Michael was actively involved within the Clemson Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architecture Students. He joined NOMA in 2018 and became the Clemson student chapter President in 2019, holding the position for two terms. Working alongside his NOMAS family the chapter was able to create positive change involving Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion initiatives within the Clemson School of Architecture.
Michael’s most valuable experiences came through his involvement with the Clemson NOMAS Chapter. He competed in multiple Design Competitions and presented these projects to a national audience at the NOMA National Conference in his final three years at Clemson. He was also an Architecture mentor to Freshman architecture students at Clemson University and enjoyed being involved in volunteer work such as Habitat for Humanity and Rebuild Upstate. He found that he learned the most by working with others and enjoys opportunities to teach as well as to learn. Michael was recognized by the School of Architecture for his efforts during his undergraduate studies and received the first ever Clemson University School of Architecture J.E.D.I. Award which is presented to a senior undergraduate student who exhibits excellence in service and advocacy for advancing Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion to build a better community.
Outside of work, Michael enjoys spending time with his wife Payton and their two bulldogs Brix and Mya. He also enjoys reading and sketching, as well as spending time outdoors.