Michael Wacht

Michael Wacht AIA LEED NCARB

Michael has over 13 years of project management experience, responsible for over $200 million of construction throughout New York, Los Angeles, and China.  His designs have been recognized internationally, and his clients have ranged from local institutions to multinational corporations.  Michael’s bold views on a how to design responsive architecture have also brought him success via publications and speaking engagements.  IntuArch began as a freelance effort for Michael in 2012, and became full-time in 2014.  Previously, as Director of the Los Angeles Studio of MADA s.p.a.m., Michael acquired his focus on creating innovative and effective design strategies while working for the Dean of the University of Southern California School of Architecture, Qingyun Ma.  Michael is now an architectural critic at USC.

 

 

Michael is a graduate of the Bachelor of Architecture program at Cornell University.  After graduating in 2002, he spent several years in New York apprenticing at acclaimed B Five Studio and rising to Project Manager at Stephen B. Jacobs Group.  His successful mixed-use projects included: 325 Fifth Avenue, be@schermerhorn, and historic renovations proposed for the famous Puck Building in SoHo.

Seeking further advancement in the design field, Michael obtained a Master of Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Design in 2009.  After graduating, he moved to Los Angeles to work for MADA s.p.a.m., frequently flying to Shanghai to manage the design of projects ranging in scale from public institutions to urban masterplans.  In Los Angeles, Michael also spent several years working as a Project Architect for the local design firm John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects, where his experience expanded to include clients such as: UC Santa Barbara, Occidental College, The Taubman Company, Los Angeles Neighborhood Initiative, ALTA Charter Schools, and Icon Venue Group (AEG).

 

License:

California

New York

 

Education:

Bachelor of Architecture: Cornell University

Master of Architecture: University of Pennsylvania

 

Affiliations:

Lambda Alpha International Land Economics Society // Member

Civic Projects // Board Member

LGREG (Lesbian and Gay Real Estate Group) // Member

Lambda Legal Young Leadership Council // Member

Westside Urban Forum

American Institute of Architects // Member

US Green Building Council // LEED GA Member

NCARB (National Council of Architectural Registration Board) // Certificate Member

Architect EM // Contributing Author

 

Awards:

American Institute of Architects, Small Project Practitioners Pop-Up Competition // A Sense of Place. . . Is Context; Winner May 2016

Tel-Aviv Conference on Sustainability, Housing Competition // Above: Tel-Aviv; First Place Prize 2009

Property Shark, Best Selling Condominium in New York // 189 Schermerhorn Street; 2010

Society of American Registered Architects NY, Design Award for Excellence // 325 Fifth Avenue; 2007