Michael plays a leading role in Sasaki’s global practice, focusing on the evolution of urban environments in Asia. With nearly 20 years of professional practice, he offers unique insight into the unprecedented transformation and urbanization of the region. Michael’s international experience includes regional planning, new communities, urban districts, waterfronts, and public landscapes. On each project, he collaborates closely with clients to formulate planning and design strategies that balance development with environmental, social, and cultural influences. As an advocate for both the economic and ecological impacts of development, he focuses on solutions that create value, celebrate the public realm, and benefit the health of people and the environment.
Michael is a graduate of Cornell University, with a degree in Landscape Architecture and a focus on Planning and Urban Design. His work has been recognized with numerous national and international design awards. He is a frequent contributor to professional publications, and speaks at conferences and universities around the world. Michael’s professional affiliations include membership in the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), and the Urban Land Institute (ULI) where he sit on the ULI Global Awards for Excellence jury. In 2014, Michael was also recognized as a winner of the Urban Land Institute’s “40 under 40” competition which commends emerging land use professionals from around the globe.