Michael McBean

Michael McBean

New York, NY, US

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I grew up a Quaker and an artist in the Northeast; I’ve come to value community, hard-work, a good blizzard and a bad pun. I hold a Bachelor of Arts from Williams College and earned my Master of Architecture from TCAUP at the University of Michigan. Having recently passed all my AREs, and I am currently seeking LEED certification. I’ve been lucky enough to travel to four different continents seeing a vast range of terrain, culture and architecture. 

Since graduating I have worked for a couple of small firms in Brooklyn and New Jersey, as well as private work for Fox & Jane Salons. My experience is mainly in multi- family homes, apartment renovations, mixed use and small-scale commercial.

I am currently looking for a firm that is creative, progressive and effective. This description is not a limiting one, but rather it may or may not include any of the following: urban planning, mixed-use buildings, TODs, sustainable practices and designs, parametric designs, design-build, female or POC leadership, a teaching environment, social-media presence, and real-estate development.

My current design interests include the rock-climbing as architecture, layers of storytelling material choices and future-proofing. 


David Bucovy Architect, PLLC, Brooklyn, NY, US, Intermediate Architect

Dec 2015 - Mar 2017

James Guerra Architects, Elizabeth, NJ, US, Intern Architect

Prepare proposals and invoices for clients
Meet clients & develop site plans and floor plans
Calculate code requirements including fire, STC, open space, setbacks, mezzanine and parking
Develop projects from conceptual drawings to construction documents
Develop working relationships with MEP, structural and building contractors
Oversee construction on commercial renovations in buildings owned by principal
Create presentation renders for Board Meetings

Jan 2012 - Nov 2015

City of Orange, NJ, Orange, NJ, US, Research Intern

Analyzed building code for potential improvement
Prepared presentation on encouraging better design and environmental practices via the building and zoning code

May 2009 - Sep 2009


University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, US, MArch, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning

Jun 2008 - Dec 2011

Williams College, Williamstown, MA, US, Bachelors, Art History/ Studio (Architecture focus)

Liberal Arts education including Geosciences, Computer Science, but mostly Art History and Art Studio courses focusing on Architecture.

Sep 1999 - Jun 2003

George School, Newtown, PA, US, High School, HS

Sep 1995 - Jun 1998

Friends Seminary, New York, NY, US, ES

Jun 1985 - Jun 1995

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