michael frew (born 20 January 1988) is an emerging young designer looking for an opportunity to showcase his talents. He is a recent graduate from Kent State University with a Master of Architecture degree in pursuit of becoming a Registered Architect.
Growing up in Western New York, Michael started his architectural experience by submersing himself into residential construction. Through the involvement on many of these projects, Michael learned the ins-and-outs of construction, mastering many techniques and grasping the building process from reading construction documents all the way through to creating the finished product. With this knowledge, he left New York for Kent State University to begin his Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree.
At Kent State, Michael began to develop his design skills by working on a variety of projects including abstract explorations leading to creative design solutions, affordable housing, residential, a sustainable office complex, and cultural centers. One specific project of interest, involved recreating a 30 acre site containing an existing Frank Lloyd Wright house by developing a sustainable charter design center. Finishing off his undergraduate degree, Michael completed Kent State’s recognized Integrated Design Competition, a competition involving the architectural, structural, and mechanical design of a 190,000 sq. ft. mixed-use structure along Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. As a result, he was a finalist within the competition. Furthering his education, Michael returned to Kent State University to obtain a Masters in Architecture degree to further develop his skills in critical thinking, research, and analytic documentation of the built-world. Completing his final thesis, he developed an interest in creating a digital art incubator, a development center for artists who concentrate on media designed in the digital realm, within one of Pittsburgh’s uniquely regenerative neighborhoods, Lawrenceville. This thesis allowed Michael to fully analyze an environment and structure a project around a community’s unique atmosphere and needs.
During Michael’s studies, he was fortunate to study abroad in Florence, Italy both for undergrad and graduate school where he took advantage of studying Europe’s diverse range of architecture. He also was published in AND Magazine for Florence’s Piazza Brunelleschi reDesign Competition. During Michael’s graduate studies, his analytical design documentation was publicized in the University’s Reading Cities Exhibition.
Currently, Michael resides in Cary, NC continuing to pursue his interests in design, construction and the community, while involving himself with AIA’s Young Architect Forum and Habitat for Humanity.
Architecture has always been a passion of Michael's and continues to strengthen and develop as he moves toward his goal of becoming a Registered Architect. He is dedicated to the process and eager to learn from today’s leading architects. One of the biggest driving forces of Michael’s design methodology is attention to detail. Detail is Architecture
Bill Fox & Son Construction & Remodeling. LLC, Le Roy, NY, US, Crew Leader
LaBella Associates, P.C., Rochester, NY, US, Intern
Kent State University, MArch, College of Architecture and Environmental Design
Integrated Design Competition, Honorable Mention
Piazza Brunelleschi reDesign, 1st Place