MICHAEL studied at Bath University, gaining a distinction in his studies and was awarded the De Vere Urban Design prize.
His first job placement was to work under Sir Hugh Casson of Casson Conder & partners in West Kensington followed by Sir Philip Powell and Jacko Moya at Powell and Moya in Chelsea where he worked on the Queen Elizabeth Conference Centre in Parliament square. He moved to Newcastle for a time working for Ralph Erskine’s office on the celebrated Byker wall housing scheme where he lived and worked on site. The Byker estate is internationally renowned as one of the earliest examples of community architecture and was widely considered to be among the most successful low-cost housing developments of the time.
He became project architect on a number of commercial office and industrial schemes with HLM Architects and set up his own practice MPA in 1985. He has prepared feasibility designs for a number of law courts and was involved in the conversion of Smithfield meat market to modern standards.
Michael has extensive experience of housing and refurbishment works with a particular interest in specialised one off houses and fully coordinated conversion projects. He is a chartered architect member of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and registered with the Architects Registration Board (ARB)
He has three children and lives on the Heaver Estate in south west London and his interests include sailing and music.