As the lead project designer for Populous’ convention center practice, Michael is actively involved in all phases of design, production and presentation for public assembly projects. Michael provides design leadership and coordinates with client representatives to reach design goals through highly collaborative and interactive design workshops, encouraging cities and communities to actively participate in the design, planning and aesthetic of major civic structures.
Michael has taken on many unique design projects around the world. Recently completed projects include the expansion of the Qatar National Convention Centre in Doha, Qatar, The Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona and the Peoria Civic Center in Peoria, Illinois. Projects currently in the design phase include the New Sydney Convention and Exhibition Center in Sydney, Australia, the Los Angeles Convention Center expansion in Los Angeles, California, and the soon to be completed San Jose Convention Center expansion in San Jose, California. Michael is also currently leading the design of the expansion and renovation of the Anaheim Convention Center.
Michael was recently awarded Engineering News Record Midwest’s 2013 “20 under 40” award as well as KC Business Magazine’s 2013 Rising Star award. Michael was selected out of 120 nominees from Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio and Wisconsin. This annual program honors young design and construction professionals on the basis of their contributions to their profession/community.