“Looking for solutions that open paths for more people, I follow the simple and spiritual philosophy of architect Tadao Ando: ‘To change the dwelling is to change the city and to reform society’.”
A prized architecture internship awarded through a competition inspired Michelle to earn her degree in Architecture. She spent much of her professional career working with municipal agencies including the City of Chicago Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities and Chicago Public Schools. At LCM she focuses on assisting the private sector comply with accessibility design standards, managing staff and projects in the firm’s Commercial/Hospitality Plan and Construction Review group.
Using her encyclopedic knowledge of accessibility standards and sharp visual memory, Michelle conducts code compliance and deficiency assessments and generates reports to help design professionals and property owners. Clients appreciate her friendly manner and straightforward answers as to why a modification is necessary and how it can best be resolved.
A proponent for environments that are used by all people equally, Michelle feels privileged to be part of the architectural design team for the new Access Living headquarters, an award-winning building that embodies the philosophies of universal design and sustainability.
Michelle is a member of the Certified Access Specialist Institute.