About
Michael

I'm a registered architect and business coach here to help you reconnect with your practice.

“The importance of pedestrian public spaces cannot be measured, but most other important things in life cannot be measured either: Friendship, beauty, love and loyalty are examples.”

– Enrique Peñalosa

Journalist, politician and two-time Mayor of Bogata

As Enrique Peñalosa observed, many of the things we value in life can’t be measured. Many of the parts we value in architectural practice are equally unmeasurable. While we can’t measure the joy it brings us or the skills we utilise in practice, we can build better strategies and frameworks. We can develop skills and we can design a better architecture practice. One that’s remarkable and continues to bring unmeasured joy.

My story

I’m unceasingly seeking to expand the nature and boundaries of our lives and work, in a style that is creative, critical, constructive and contributes to the way we navigate the challenges of the world.

I graduated from Architecture at the University of Sydney long ago and, almost a decade later, in industrial design at the University of NSW. I’ve undertaken a variety of shorter courses including Seth Godin’s altMBA, where I now coach. I’ve taught in Architecture Faculties at UTS, UNSW and USyd, including in Professional Practice.

My first significant architectural adventure was at Hill Thalis Architecture + Urban Projects where I worked for 9 years. Following, I co-founded Redshift Architecture & Art where I remained for 14 years until taking this stroll out on the edge of architecture to coach others.

As a committee member of the Association of Consulting Architects (NSW/ACT), I facilitate the Architects Mental Wellbeing Forum and support the architectural profession from the brain out.

Over the years, I’ve also studied small business, learnt to make jewellery, built architectural models professionally, worked as an assistant manager of a fine wine shop, and joined an artists’ studio where I started making art. Fun fact: I’ve had my work exhibited in Sculpture by the Sea on 4 occasions. Always site specific work. Context is all.

These diversions allow me to se the world from outside the professional bubble, from a different perspective, revealing new insights, and helping me build new and different skills. It was invaluable and to this day it effects and infects my work.

Doing a little good

Carbon neutral

5% gross revenue donated: Paul Pholeros Foundation & Pay the Rent

Gender equity

Want to work together?

Choose your adventure

Individual Coaching

One-on-one sessions tailored to your strengths, challenges and preferences

Group Coaching

Coaching in a small groups to rethink, rebuild or revitalise your own practice

Workshops

Bringing focus to one facet of practice and setting you up with the right tools for your job

I've just launched a new workshop

Audit your practice

If you’re struggling with your architectural practice,

thinking about changes within your practice,

or wanting to take your practice to the next level.

This workshop is for you.