As Director of Architecture, Mike is recognized for his ability to quickly develop thoughtful and creative design concepts. With over 25 years of experience, Mike is a leader and mentor within the OKW office, bringing a high-level of design commitment and quality in translating client objectives into successful, thoughtful solutions.
As a design partner, Mike has successfully led the design effort on projects ranging from mixed-use student apartment buildings at Illinois State University to the TD Ameritrade office in suburban Northbrook. Mike’s passion for all things architecture spans outside the walls of OKW as he regularly provides engaging lectures on planning and architecture to communities and organizations throughout Chicagoland, and at his Alma Mater, the University of Notre Dame. Projects currently on his board include Clark Street Real Estate’s revitalization of Portage Park’s Six Corners, the restoration and renovation of Lake Forest’s historic Market Square, Oak Park and Westmoreland Country Clubs, and a pair of custom homes in Chicago’s North Shore.
3 things I could not live without: My amazing wife and two kids
One person I would like to meet: Neil Armstrong
Tell us about that time you spent your vacation in the ER: Lunch at Wendy’s outdoor picnic table + big gust of wind + flying table umbrella + my head = Litchfield, IL Emergency Room
I knew I wanted to be an architect when: 5th grade project of creating plans of our school grounds, our building, and finally our classroom (learning about scale?)