As the design director 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, the San Jose McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California and the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas. Projects currently in the design and construction phases include new buildings and expansions in diverse destinations such as Sydney, Los Angeles, Anaheim, Sacramento and Oklahoma City.
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. This annual program honors rising design and construction professionals on the basis of their contributions to their profession and community.