Mike takes a creative approach to solve client problems and strives to build long-lasting relationships with both clients and employees. His design approach is founded on finding a way to articulate creative solutions that are both environmentally responsible and artistically expressive. He loves that DFDG's talented staff sticks together like a family, always placing client interests ahead of individual egos and ambitions.
Mike earned his Bachelor of Architecture from Kansas State University and is a graduate of the Scottsdale Leadership Program. He is a registered architect in both Arizona and Nevada, has his NCARB certification, and is a LEED Accredited Professional. Along with other accomplishments in the industry, he is also a past member of both the Scottsdale's Development Review Board and its planning commission.
One-on-One with Mike:
What architect do you admire?
I admire Santiago Calatrava for the incredibly graceful way he designs bridges. They appear to simply float over their span with delicate and intricately-detailed structures. He's as much a sculptor as he is an architect.
Do you have any hidden skills?
I grew up on a ranch with parents who raised racing Quarter Horses, so I am a reasonably skilled horseman. I was too big to be a jockey, but I have roped a few steers.
I was also a member of K-State's varsity rowing crew and was a competent port-oar on 4-man and 8-man racing shells. Our team's claim to fame was rowing to victory over a Yale crew.
What do you like to do in your free time?
I enjoy snow skiing in deep powder, road and mountain cycling, golfing, camping, fly fishing and tinkering with my vintage Mustang. I especially love doing these when they involve my family.