Michael has been involved in a number of large scale education, commercial, mixed-use and leisure projects which have included a significant element of master planning and urban design.
Michael has over 20 years experience having worked in the US and UK before joining Murray Ó Laoire Architects in 1990 where he became a Director in 1998. Michael is a founding Director of MÓLA Architecture having formed the company in March 2010 with his colleagues Ralph Bingham and Seán O’Laoire.
Michael has a broad range of experience and interests having been involved in numerous projects, developments and successful competitions. Those interests include significant involvement in mixed use, commercial, urban design, housing and education developments. Completed award winning buildings of note include Athlone Town Centre, NUIG Arts Millenium Building; NUIG Information Technology Building; DCU Science Research Building and School of Engineering. Other Third level Education buildings include UCC Bioscience Research Centre & Under-Graduate School of Bio-Chemical Science and the TCD Student Residences and College Facilities Building.
Michael has also been involved in a number of large scale commercial, mixed-use and leisure projects which have included a significant element of master planning and urban design. These include IDA Business & Technology Parks in Carlow, Clonmel and Galway; Athlone Town Centre Development; Jobstown Neighbourhood Centre; Orchard Lane, Clondalkin and Ballisadare Mills. His involvement as Director in charge of the 108,390 sqm Athlone Town Centre has developed his particular expertise in retail and mixed use development. Carton Hotel and the Sheraton in Athlone are both regarding as exemplars in hotel design in Ireland.
Michael also has significant PPP experience and is involved in one of the two shortlisted consortiums for the Metro North bid which entails the design of all the over ground stations and associated street interventions.
Since 2004 Michael has been an active member of the RIAI planning sub-committee and the RIAI Education Board.