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Michael's upbringing in suburban Chicago unknowingly started his career in regional planning and design since he was mesmerized by transportation corridors that linked his two different worlds of downtown and suburbia. Both the separation and connection catapulted his interest in his career today.
In his free time, Michael’s interests include golf, cycling, and snowboarding. He enjoys traveling and exploring new destinations when time allows. He also spends time volunteering by preserving historical buildings which brings him the most happiness.
Michael’s previous experience includes Transportation Planning for the Des Moines Area Metropolitan Planning Organization in Des Moines, Iowa and Urban Planning at the New Mexico Department of Transportation in Santa Fe, New Mexico. In his work as an Urban Planner, he was instrumental in completing the Long Range Regional Transportation Plan, as well as working on project funding and implementation, walkability advocacy, regional bicycle planning.
Michael graduated from the Community and Regional Planning Program at the University of New Mexico, where his professional project included analysis for the Resource Center for Raza Planning. He worked on a variety of economic development and land use plans for Abiquiú, Tomé, Barelas, and Bernalillo. His contribution to these documents included research, trends and data analysis, GIS spatial analysis, 3-D graphic production and rendering, public outreach and charrettes.
Michael had the unique opportunity to build adobe walls and mud plastering for the Cornerstones Community Partnership for Historic Preservation for his historic preservation certificate. His work in New Mexico includes: Palace of the Governors in Santa Fe, San Miguel Chapel in Santa Fe, St. Mary’s Catholic Church and Santa Cruz Chapel in Ojo Caliente, San Juan Nepomuceno church in El Rito, Plaza de Cerro in Chimayo and San Rafael Church in La Cueva. He believes that the future of our cultural inventory depends on the stewards of today.