Michael Attwell

Michael Attwell

Los Angeles, CA, US



Born and raised in Los Angeles, California I was instantly immersed into the urban environment unlike my parents, whose childhoods took place in rural areas of Mexico. I quickly became engulfed by 'metropolis' and developed an interest in architecture due to an early childhood obsession with LEGOS and the creative arts such as painting and sculpture. However, it was not until my first year of community college that I finally addressed my architectural interest. After completing an introductory course, my fascination with buildings was validated and I made the conscious effort to re-adjust my educational plans. With little to no guidance, I left Los Angeles in January of 2011 to embark on a great endeavor. The Academy of Art University in San Francisco, whose open enrollment policy and emphasis in the arts, presented me with a unique and immediate alternative to study architecture. Five years and 164 units later, I am now a first generation college graduate with a B Arch degree. Despite this accomplishment, it only marks the beginning of a new chapter in my life as a young professional by which I hope to develop a long-lasting career. 


SIol, San Francisco, CA, US, Designer

Working directly with the project manager, my responsibilities include the following:

+ Production of permit sets, outline specifications, schedules, and details.
+ General coordination and data exchange with structural engineers and other consultants.
+ Maintaining AutoCAD standards and process - updating blocks and templates, streamlining the working drawing aesthetic, and elevating graphic standards.
+ Perform product research and update office library accordingly.
+ Efficiently managing and prioritizing assigned tasks.

Apr 2016 - Oct 2016


Academy Of Art University, San Francisco, CA, US, BArch, Architecture

Offered as a first professional degree, Academy of Art University's Bachelor of Architecture program provides an intense design education by developing each student's capacity to synthesize critical thought, artistic vision, and responsible leadership. It questions, evaluates and promotes excellence in design through a combination of exceptional art education and professional practice with new and existing technology to create beautiful and meaningful architecture that represents the cultural, physical and ecological spirit of a place. With passionate professional faculty, diverse collaboration teams, emerging technologies and fabrication labs, and a sensitivity to sustainable methods – students evolve into future leaders determined to re-shaping our physical world.

Jan 2011 - May 2016


Most Relevant B Arch Thesis, Award


Spring Show, Nomination

Thesis and eight studio project were recognized and displayed at the annual school showcase in which industry leaders, family, and friends are invited to celebrate the top student work of all majors.


Areas of Specialization