Born and raised in a small northwestern Connecticut Town, Mike grew to appreciate the natural beauty of the foothills of the Berkshires, as a backdrop to the Town’s classic Main Street, industrial and historic buildings. This diverse landscape represented the past and future of the region and provided a timeless sense of community. As the son of two teachers, education, the arts and the humanities were engrained at a young age. Naturally curious and hands on, Architecture seemed a logical path, and one that was pursued through a traditional architectural education at Roger Williams University in Rhode Island. Following graduation with a Bachelors of Architecture degree in 1988, Mike returned to Connecticut, and began his career in downtown Hartford, working on a variety of urban and civic projects.
In 1991, he was introduced to Timothy L. Brewer, AIA of TLB Architecture, and began working with him on a variety of projects throughout the area. Recognizing quickly that they shared a vision for craftsmanship, quality design and creating a sense of place, he joined the firm and has been with TLBA since, becoming a Principal in 2002 and a Partner four years later.
In his tenure at TLBA, Mike has been involved in a wide range of projects of varying type, scale and complexity. At the core of the success of these projects is his deeply held belief that design must be an open and collaborative process. Through effective project management, public engagement and his ability to truly listen to the needs of the project stakeholders, he has been able to gain consensus and synthesize community and stakeholder needs into planning and architecture that is responsive to the many demands of a project.
Mike is licensed in the States of Connecticut, New York and Rhode Island, and certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards. He is also a member of the American Institute of Architects, CT Recreation and Parks Association, the State of CT, Department of Construction Services Industry Advisory Council and the International Code Council. He is a member of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and is on the CT Trust of Historic Preservation’s list of Historic Architects.
Mike’s passion for community based planning has led him to be involved in his own town of Haddam. For several years he served on the Haddam Economic Development Commission, with ten of those years as Chairman. He has also been a member of the Historic Haddam Jail Restoration Committee, and currently sits on the Town’s POCD planning committee.