Michael brings over 30 years of experience in landscape architecture and related fields to the WATG team. Taking great care to design within the context of the environment, he understands that history, place recognition and local resources are crucial elements to a lasting, unique and valuable landscape, with color, texture, rhythm and mass serving as key influences in his creative process.
Based in Honolulu and having lived, studied and worked in arid, temperate, subtropical and tropical regions, Michael excels with plant materials and understands the nuances and importance of species-appropriate planting design. Since joining WATG in 2008, he has put this understanding into practice via a variety of projects including planning and landscape design for resort hotels and residences, parks, apartment and condominium communities, and mixed-use developments in the USA, Asia and the Middle East. His work includes the Ritz-Carlton Macau, JW Marriott Macau, Thom Island Master Plan in Vietnam, the Ritz-Carlton Kapalua in Hawaii, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort in the USA, and more.
Michael is a member of the American Institute of Landscape Architects (ASLA) and is currently serving on the Board of Directors for the Highline Botanical Garden Foundation, Washington. He holds a Bachelor, Landscape Architecture, from Iowa State University, USA, along with Urban Design qualifications from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) in Melbourne, Australia.