Michael Gustavson, Artist, Architect, Builder

Michael Gustavson, Artist, Architect, Builder




Last Updated 03/02/2015

- Lead (4 commercial buildings, 16 homes, 4 accessory buildings)
- Partial Lead (32 homes)
- Associate (24 homes, 5 commercial buildings)
- Remodeling  / Consultant (2 homes)
- Commercial Consultant (2 medical offices)

Home Builder (21 Homes):
- Project Manager (4 homes)
- Site Supervisor (3 homes)
- Crew Leader / Occasional Site Supervisor (14 homes)
- Laborer (3 homes)
- Volunteer (2 homes)

Current  Design Projects:
-1 Home Addition, Edina Minnesota
-1 Home Addition, Wilmette Illinois
-1 Velodrome, Dane County, Wisconsin


- Exhibits
- Publications


Michael Gustavson Architecture, Madison WI, and Green Lake WI, Architect / Builder / Owner

New construction
Instructional guides for home builders

Aug 2009 - current

Modern Green Home, Bridgehampton, NY, US, Project Architect, Project Manager, Site Supervisor

Design, Project Management, and Construction Site Supervision for high-end modern green home's in the Hampton's on the East End of Long Island New York.

Jun 2013 - Mar 2014

Habitat for Humanity Silicon Valley, Construction Crew Leader (Full Time, Paid Position)

Building, designing, teaching and aiding volunteers in the construction of simple decent affordable homes: all aspects of construction including plumbing, and electrical.

Sep 2010 - Aug 2011

Bayou Area Habitat for Humanity, Construction Crew Leader (Full Time, Paid Position)

Building, designing, teaching and aiding volunteers in the construction of simple decent affordable homes.

Sep 2009 - Aug 2010

Nishikawa Architects / ADC Architectural Design and Construction, Home Designer / Project Manager

Variety of high-end and affordable residential projects, all aspects of design and project management.

Jan 2006 - Mar 2008

K & S Construction, All Aspects of Construction

Participated in the following tasks under varying levels of supervision:
Demo, Site Work, Concrete, Framing, Stone Masonry, Window/Door Installation, Roofing, Siding, Trim, Plumbing, Painting.

Feb 2005 - Aug 2005

Rieke Sunnland Kono Architects, LTD., Architect (Intern)

Variety of high-end residential projects, AutoCAD redlining and some design work.

Jul 2004 - Oct 2004

SALA Architects, Architecture (Intern)

Variety of "Not-So-Big" residential projects, CD redlines, model making, watercolors, specifications, some design work.

Jan 2001 - Oct 2001

Roark-Kramer-Kosowski Design, Architecture (Intern)

Model making, drafting, and design, for non-profit organizations; also furniture design for a branch of the company called Ouch! the Folding Furniture Company.

May 2000 - Sep 2000


New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), Affordable Green Academy

Completion of the following Courses on Energy Efficient Design in Affordable Housing:
- Principles and Goals
- The House as a System
- Foundations
- Floors
- Walls and Windows
- Roofs and Attics
- Materials
- Managing Green
- Case Studies and Interviews
- Energy Star Thermal Bypass Checklist Training

Dec 2009 - Dec 2009

PSMJ, Project Management Bootcamp

Intensive week-long seminar for project managers.

Aug 2007 - Aug 2007

University of Minnesota, MArch, Master's of Architecture Degree

- Master's of Architecture Degree
- Extensive study abroad experience in the following architecturally rich locations:
- India, Winter 2004
- Portugal, Barcelona, Venice, Spring 2003
- China, Japan, Summer 2002

Jan 2000 - Jun 2005

University of Minnesota, Undergraduate Architecture (Master's Degree Prerequisites)

- Architecture Undergraduate classes
- Architecture study abroad semester in Oaxaca Mexico, Winter 1999

Sep 1998 - Aug 2000

Gustavus Adolphus College, Bachelors, Studio Art, English

Regular Studies plus studies abroad in the following locations:
Paris, Amsterdam, Florence, and Rome, Winter 1995

Aug 1992 - Dec 1996


Wisconsin Dwelling Contractor Qualifier, Other


Energy Efficient Window Installation Guide, Other


Exterior Stair Construction Guide, Other


Framing and Tie-Down Guide for Simple Decent Affordable Homes, Other


The Giudecca (publication) Residential Interventions in the Giudecca - Venice Italy., Other


CALA Precast Concrete Design Competition, 1st Place


Architecture Minnesota Magazine. Photographic Work on Oaxaca Mexico Courtyards., Other


9 acceptances, and 2 consecutive Juror's Choice Awards for visual art and poetry in the Gustavus Firethorn (biannual literary arts magazine.) Fall '95, Spring '96, and '97, 1st Place


5 acceptances for the All Student Exhibitions at Gustavus in the springs of '95 and '96, 1st Place


Areas of Specialization