Michael’s exposure to world architecture started at a young age, while traveling the globe with his father who served in the Air Force. During high school, his Grandfather, a Building Inspector, provided the impetus to explore the world of architecture. Michael worked in the construction trades as a concrete laborer, roofer and framing contractor. His ventures eventually led him to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 1979, where he entered the five year architectural program. Prior to his fourth year, he received a full scholarship to study in the Ecoles D’ Art Program in Fontainebleau, France. After graduation in 1984, he supplemented his considerable drawing talent with CAD and hand drafting while working for several A/E firms.

In 1987, Michael was a founding member of the firm of APS Architects Inc. Through the years, design excellence and technical competence on many differing projects has expanded Michael’s reach and resulted in a wide variety of project experience and client relationships. To date, project experience includes complex commercial developments such as professional, industrial, medical, research and development, food service, mixed use-retail, hospitality, winery, and tenant improvements. Michael also has extensive experience in single and multi-family housing, including custom residences, remodels and additions. Over the years at APS, his experience and involvement resulted in many award-winning projects, notably the San Luis Obispo’s Downtown Center, which has been instrumental in revitalizing the local downtown.

In 2000, family and community became an important factor in the future of Michael’s career. After 20 years of marriage, Michael and Pamela were blessed with their first child. This life change served as inertia to practice architecture in a less than corporate way and develop a smaller company to service the unique needs of the development community. Michael left the corporate firm of APS in August of 2002 to start the company of MW Architects Inc. Today, Michael enjoys the flexibility of the new company, the exciting work and the time to spend with family. Balance is an important component to a strong family and business relationships.

Email: mikep@mwa.bz


Principal Architect and Designer

California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo CA
Bachelor of Architecture 1984

Ecoles D'Art Americaines
Palais De Fountainebleau, France 1983
Specialization: Beaux Arts - Art & Architecture

Bakersfield Junior College
Bakersfield, California
Specialization: Architecture

Licensed California Architect

Member Arroyo Grande Architectural Review Commission

American Institute of Architectural Perspectivist (AIAP)
Highlands HOA Design Review Board 2000-Present