Michael Lama

Michael Lama

Austin, TX, US


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Well traveled young designer with highly interdisciplinary training looking to gain experience developing mixed-use and transit oriented neighborhoods. Particularly desiring to apply and expand knowledge of integrated storm water management strategies and complete streets design techniques to further the creation of more resilient communities.



Self Employed, Chicago, IL, US, Caregiver, Entrepreneur

Assisted handicapped parents with care of elderly grandparent battling dementia
Drew on language arts teaching experience to launch local, freelance tutoring service. Started business salvaging and restoring, teak garden goods and midcentury modern furnishings.

Sep 2011 - current

University of Texas, Austin , Teaching Assistant

Rotated as needed between courses on the architectural history, landscape history, and creative problem solving. Activities included, helping students hone critical thinking and communication skills, leading small group discussion sections, preparing presentation visuals, grading exams and papers as well as introducing iterative design processes via project based learning.

Aug 2008 - May 2011

Nathan Kipnis Architects, Evanston IL, Intern Architect

Developed site plans for mountaintop ecotourism retirement villages in Panama,
Profiled firm work and sustainable building methods for green design publications,
Assembled and organized green building materials library and database,

May 2008 - Aug 2008

BLDD Architects, Chicago, Intern Architect

Constructed building information models for dormitory addition and renovation,
Developed space planning documents for commercial office expansion,
Generated massing and facade studies for clinic addition,

May 2007 - Aug 2007

Harding Partners, Chicago, Intern Architect

Assisted construction management and historic preservation of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Davenport House, aided restoration of historical finishes, modernization of insulation and weatherproofing, implementation of fire prevention measures for modern code compliance, and retrofitting of structural members

May 2006 - Aug 2006


The University of Texas at Austin, MArch, Architecture

Aug 2007 - May 2011
Aug 2003 - May 2007


University of Texas School of Architecture Summer Travel Scholarship, Scholarship


University of Texas School of Architecture Graduate Recruiting Fellowship, Scholarship


University of Illinois Chancellor’s Scholar, Scholarship


University of Illinois Alumni Association Senior 100 Honorary, Other


UIUC School of Architecture Donald Bergeson Energy and Environmentally Sensitive Design Award, 1st Place


UIUC School of Architecture Earl Prize for Design Excellence Nominations, Nomination


UIUC Campus Honors Program Summer Travel Fellowship, Scholarship


Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society National Award of Excellence, Scholarship


Rotary International Goodwill Ambassadorship: Japan, Scholarship


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