Michael grew up in the California Bay Area, which afforded frequent opportunities to spend time among the evergreen forests and granite mountains of places like Yosemite and Lake Tahoe as well travel along the Pacific coastline. He has also camped in Iceland where the range of landscapes, from lava fields to glacial waterfalls, left a deep impression. His upbringing in California and his travels within and outside the US have shown him the importance of natural spaces in everyday life, and he believes landscape architecture offers solutions that both fill the need for nature in urban contexts and help preserve existing ecologically rich places. Michael experiments with painting, photography, and audio as ways to study and translate the experience of particular sites and landscapes.
Michael graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and Studio Art from Swarthmore College in 2010. Prior to working at MVVA, he was the Registrar at Ronald Feldman Fine Arts in New York City where he was involved in coordinating exhibitions, liaising between artists and institutions, and managing the artwork inventory.
Michael joined MVVA in 2017.