In 2005, after graduating with a Masters in Architecture from Kent State University, Michael moved to Cleveland to work on master plan designs for the Flats East Bank redevelopment project. Working on this and a variety of urban redevelopment projects throughout the United States has afforded him a deep appreciation for the urban environment and how people interact within it. When Michael is not in his office at architecture firm Vocon, he is immersed in a variety of initiatives to leverage Cleveland’s assets and creative efforts into visible and tangible results. He co-found the international Cleveland Design Competition which annually attracts over 150 design ideas from more than twenty different countries for important civic projects; co-found PechaKucha Night Cleveland which quarterly seeks to expose and attract new creative ideas and incite meaningful collaboration; serves as Board Chair for the Cleveland Municipal School District’s Campus International School Advisory Board and sits on the Board of Directors for both SPACES (Art Gallery) and the Cleveland American Institute of Architects. Michael is passionate about having a positive impact on the City of Cleveland and believes Cleveland’s best days are still ahead of her. Michael currently lives on the west side of Cleveland in Lakewood with his wife Jill.