Michael Cavander

Michael Cavander

Beijing, CN



With more than seven years of experience in Asia as an architectural designer and consultant, I have collaborated on a wide range of projects from design competitions through to construction documentation and site administration. This background enables me to work closely with the client and design team to formulate and develop ideas from concept through to completion, managing the numerous constraints that dictate the building process. With a thorough understanding of program phasing and the documentation process, I utilize the latest technologies and methods to deliver design packages, specifications and construction methodologies to clients, contractors and consultants. With these years of local experience in China and Hong Kong I have substantial knowledge and understanding of the local market, codes and practices.


Büro Ole Scheeren, Beijing, CN, Architectural Designer

Core and Shell design specialist advising across all projects and competitions
Coordinate Structure, MEP, and Facade from concept through CDs on select projects
Collaborate closely with clients, consultants, contractors and suppliers
Review contractor's shop drawings and specifications
Conduct site and factory visits
Manage firm CAD standards
Published and manage firm design manuals for Core and Facade design

West Georgia, YVR | Mixed-Use High-rise Residential Development, 25,716 m2 | Concept, SD, DD
Angkasa Raya, KLIA | Mixed-use High-rise Development, 165,000m2 | Concept, SD, DD
Duo, SIN | Mixed-use High-rise Development, 160,350m2 | CA
FBS, FRA | Mixed-use High-rise Development, 166,300m2 | Competition
Guardian Art Center, PEK | Auction House Headquarters & Cultural Complex, 55,988m2 | SD, DD, CA
KBS, ICNl | Television Station and Headquarters, 63,801m2 | Competition
MahaNakhon, BKK | Mixed-use High-rise Development, 150,000m2 | DD
M, PEK | Automotive Museum, 35,625m2 | Competition

Jan 2016 - current

Inhabit Group, Hong Kong, HK, Facade Consultant

Site quality assurance and control consultant
Supervised construction works making sure they met design documentation and intent
Reviewed site test reports
Reviewed contractor's shop drawings, engineering reports, and specifications
Recommended change of works when non-compliant reports were received

St. Regis Hotel and Casino podium: Macau

Sep 2015 - Dec 2015

Front Inc, Hong Kong, HK, Facade Consultant

Designed and detailed bespoke building envelopes from concept through construction documentation
Wrote specifications and performance criteria
Conducted site and factory visits
Prepared preliminary pricing and constructability reports
Coordinated in-house engineering and building physics analysis
Rationalized complex geometry
Worked closely with clients, architects, consultants, contractors and suppliers

34MK Residence: with OMA, Hong Kong, 2014 – 2015, Under Construction
47 Perkins Road: with Paul Davis and Partners, Hong Kong, 2014 – 2015, Under Construction
48 Rothschild Road with AN+, Tel Aviv, 2014 – 2015, Under Construction
California Science Center: with ZGF, Los Angeles, Under Construction
Confidential Retail Interior and Exterior Cladding Projects, 2015, Completed
Church in Korea, Design Proposal Front Inc. as Architect – 2015
Shanghai Lujiazui Exhibition Center Competition: with OMA, Shanghai, 2014 – Completed
THE 13: with Peter Marino with Tange Associates, Macau, 2013 – Completed
Tsinghua University Competition: with Hassel, 2015
University of Chicago: with Bing Thom Architects, Hong Kong 2014 - Under Construction
Chinese International Airport Competition: with OMA, 2015
Xin Hee R&D Center: with MAD, Xiamen, 2013 – 2014 - Under Construction
Xiqu Center: with Bing Thom Architects, Hong Kong, 2013 – 2015, Under Construction
Z6 Tower: with Foster and Partners, Beijing, 2014 – 2015

Jul 2013 - Aug 2015

Büro Ole Scheeren, Beijing, CN, Architectural Designer


Sep 2011 - Jul 2013

Architects Crang and Boake Asia, Beijing, CN, Architectural Designer

Co-lead a design team of 5
Presented to clients, government officials and consultants
Conducted regular site visits
Collaborated closely with LDIs and consultants

Executive Villas: Changsha. 2011 - Concept
Government Offices: Karamay, 2010 – Competition
Kempinski Hotel: Taiyuan, 2010 - 2011, Concept, Schematic Design – Completed
Mixed–Use Tower: Nanchang, 2010 – Competition

Jan 2010 - Sep 2011


Columbia University, MArch, Architecture

Aug 2006 - May 2009

University of Colorado at Boulder, Bachelors, Environmental Design

Aug 2002 - May 2006

Areas of Specialization