Mike is from Pasadena, Texas and his dad was an executive with Armco Steel, so when we four founding principals were in architecture school together we got taken on a really cool, probably a bit dangerous, behind-the-scenes tour of the steel mill. Mike worked in the mill several summers between classes at UT and as such is no stranger to grit and hard work. Like several of Alamo’s founding partners, Mike’s experiences working in the east – in his case for Hardy, Holzman, Pfeiffer in New York – were transforming ones that would forever shape his approach and attitude toward clients and project design. No matter what the project, his dogged determination to get the concept clearly executed is a hallmark of everything he works on. He innovates in adaptive reuse, and our own offices are a shining and award-winning example of that, involving the re-use of salvaged material and an existing structure to build an energy-efficient, technologically advanced workspace. He is currently finishing an award-winning housing complex that is composed entirely of re-purposed shipping containers in the burgeoning Eagle Ford Shale region of south Texas. Mike’s community-spirited project work is extensive, and he has spent many successive summer vacations leading youth groups to the border of Mexico building concrete-block “casitas” with Hands Together Ministries. He is past President of AIA San Antonio, currently on the Texas Society of Architects Board of Directors and continues to serve in a variety of leadership roles at his church and other community organizations.