Michael graduated from The School of Design and Construction at Washington State University and attended the study abroad program in London. Upon graduating from WSU Michael relocated to Los Angeles, California and put theory into practice. Spending six years in Southern California working on a wide scope of projects, ranging from bespoke residential designs to large-scale public buildings. In 2007 Michael returned to the Pacific Northwest to continue his desire to learn. Prior to joining Shed, Michael took an opportunity to spend a couple years in architectural metal fabrication – fulfilling a longtime curiosity.