The contrast between Michael’s personal taste in design and the whimsical aesthetics of the rural Oxfordshire countryside where he grew up led him to search for a distinct personal style in diverse locations. Before embarking on his undergraduate architecture degree, he travelled extensively in Europe, North Africa and India.
After graduating with a First Class degree from the University of Edinburgh – with his final year group project ‘Salomons River’ being nominated for the RIBA President’s Medal – he decided to settle in Pondicherry, an ex-French colony on the southeast coast of India, to work with the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) and pursue personal design projects. Whilst there, he was able to explore his interest in anthropology and its intersection with design, publishing several examinations of the local post-colonial style and the relationship between the indigenous population and the French-imposed architectural surroundings.
After returning to Europe, Michael spent two years in Berlin working with Heim Balp Architekten, an experience that allowed him to undertake global interior design and architectural projects. Following his move to London, he joined AHMM and the LSA, environments where he hopes to further explore colour, materiality, and the social and cultural relationship with space across scales.