the future is

Michael Charters is an architect and research driven designer who believes good design is valuable and culturally relevant by challenging present conventions through a deep understanding of history, revealing a more intelligent future.

Practicing with Skidmore, Owings and Merrill in both San Francisco and Chicago, Michael served as a leader in the firm, mentoring many of his younger colleagues through concept design thinking, presentations, technical skills and Chicago-style softball. Michael was integral in the design and construction of The Christ Hospital Orthopedic and Spine Center in Cincinnati, overseeing the coordination of all exterior wall systems including precast concrete, curtain wall and metal panel. He was also a critical member of the Dubai Mixed-Use Supertall, Stanislaus County Courthouse, and Tianqiao Performing Arts Center competition teams. Between major projects Michael engaged in a variety of idea driven pursuits including the Museum of Science and Industry House of the Future, National Railroad Hall of Fame, Mass Timber Housing Tower (featured in Evolo Skyscrapers Volume II), and the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s design school competition (first prize, exhibited in the 2015 Chicago Architecture Biennial).

Michael has over five years of experience as a design professional, recently completing his Post-Professional Master of Architecture degree at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design where he studied under the mentorship of David Adjaye, Florian Idenburg (SO-IL), Mark Lee + Sharon Johnston (Johnston Marklee), Paul Nakazawa and other thought leaders in the industry.