Michelle graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Masters of Architecture (2002) and Bachelor of Environmental Studies Degrees (1998). Her thesis, based on cultivating authentic spaces by identifying and celebrating established ritual and collective memory, won the Outstanding Thesis of the Year award.
As principal at Khôra Architecture + Interiors, Michelle has worked with several commercial, corporate and institutional clients, helping them navigate through intensive public and employee engagement processes, to design and develop spaces that represent their corporate identity in an authentic way, rethinking the space to incorporate diversity, flexibility, and a dynamic and happy environment.
Michelle’s particular interests lie in creating well-articulated PLACES through stakeholder consultation and intuitive design. In addition to her design credits, Michelle‘s knowledge of building practices allows her to adapt quickly and appropriately to construction issues in a detailed and comprehensive way.
Some of Michelle’s past design experience includes working as a project architect at Hughes Condon Marler Architects on such notable and award-winning projects as the Riley Park Olympic Curling Venue master plan, Poirier Aquatic Facility in Coquitlam, and the Port Moody Recreation Centre.
Michelle continues to work with clients to identify their true culture and help make their work and learning environments healthy, progressive, and authentic to their organizational identity. Her ability to manage multiple and often competing program requirements while keeping the project on track is a great asset to our clients.
Michelle currently sits on the Architectural Institute of BC’s Council and member of the Future of Architecture Task Force.