Hometown: Fort Valley, Georgia
Why did you choose to study architecture?
To receive a professional degree in architecture for NCARB certification.
What makes earning a degree at NewSchool special?
The friendships and relationships that you establish are immeasurable.
What was your favorite thing about attending NewSchool?
The introduction to San Diego and the interaction with the professors.
How did NewSchool help prepare you for your career?
My career was established when I came to NewSchool, but it certainly enhanced the skill set, that I had previously acquired.
What have you been doing since you graduated?
I serve on the NewSchool Alumni Advisory Board. I serve on the AIA San Diego Board of Directors as the Membership Commissioner. I serve as Co-Chair of the City of La Mesa – Design Review Board. I will serve as the inaugural President of SDNOMA. I now work in a project manager role with the Judicial Council of California.
What projects are you currently working on?
Pinch District Pedestrian Bridge project in Memphis, Tennessee.
What has been your biggest career accomplishment?
Becoming licensed as an architect initially in Tennessee in 2012 and becoming licensed as an architect in California in 2019.
What advice do you have for incoming students?
Find your passion and pursue it without compromise!
Why should a prospective student choose NewSchool?
NewSchool is an institution that pushes students to dig deep within to discover their true passion and to develop their unique abilities.
Michael’s Favorite Professional Project
Pinch District Pedestrian Bridge