Michael Vineyard

Michael Vineyard

Knoxville, TN, US



I am currently in the process of a rebuild; or more so, a restructuring of my mind.

As I think back to my childhood, I can remember fondly my awareness of things that brought emotion and meaning to people.  These emotional stimuli took on many forms:  

The sounds of nature - like the wind moving through the two large pecan trees in our yard, the rain pelting the tin metal roof of our trailer, or the sun peeking through cracks and crevices and bringing its inherent warmth - bringing us a subliminal reassurance that the world outside remained in its normal order.  

Or, the sound of John Fogerty's "Centerfield" filling up the baseball park as regular attendees found their seats.  They took in the smell of burgers and hot dogs being grilled in the "right field roost" - a collection of tailgaters who parked their trucks beyond the fence in right field to observe the game with friends and family.  The sound of thousands stomping on the metal bleachers to intimidate the opposing players with a home team advantage.  All of the places in-between and underneath in which people ran into faces that they may only see a few times a year - but find some sense of home, some sort of an emotional high out of the experience.

Or, greater still, the experience of entering a sanctuary of praise - a lofty room capped with an arched ceiling giving off an experience of ascension.  The acoustic qualities making a room for 400 sound like a room for 4,000.  The sacred value that the space gains with the years as lives are changed on the carpeted prayer altars.  The embodied stories left behind in the form of carpet stains, wrinkled pages in bibles and hymnals, and a baptismal pool struggling to function with its age and wear over time.  The songs sung with passion that seemed to echo far beyond the walls of the room.  The sound of a string quartet playing hymns of old, able to bring the room to tears of emotion without a word being sung or spoken.  The purity of the white walls tempered by the warm, scattered light of the stained glass windows - serving as an allusion to the perfection and justice of a sovereign God tempered with His love and steadfastness for His people.

Phenomena often overlooked or taken for granted in the midst of the mundane patterns that our lives often embrace must be brought back to light.  Finding value of the things unseen, or at least unrealized, is a process of discovery separating the practice of architecture from any individual quality of it.  Building, programming, conceptualizing, drawing, detailing, and coordinating are all elements of the architectural process that are vital to its success.  However, architecture is meant to be something more than its process derivatives.

There must be an awareness on the constant emotional responses that humans have: with the music they hear or listen to, with the countenance of others, with climatic factors, with social contexts, with smell, with what is felt (in the air or by touch), with natural and artificial phenomena that are constantly surrounding them.  Sometimes these experiences are foreign, and other times they are indications of the most intimate familiarity.  An architect has the responsibility of stepping into this world and considering every aspect of the phenomena that impact the human experience of an architecture.

I believe that this natural awareness of the phenomena usually hidden in the background has a purpose.  I believe that taking advantage of this awareness and using it for the good in any architectural project I have gives me an opportunity to be a proponent of architecture that is thoughtful toward the human conditions and carefully constructed to bring about positive change.


Perkins & Williamson Architecture, Hattiesburg, MS, US, Architectural Intern

While at Perkins & Williamson, I worked under the direction of 2 licensed architects and alongside a team of 5 other project managers/designers. We collaborated using our knowledge, experience, and varied skill sets to provide the highest level of service.

I was able to increase the knowledge of contracts, construction documents, and project management while working at PWA.

Feb 2016 - Jun 2017


The University of Tennessee - Knoxville, Knoxville, TN, US, MArch, Master of Architecture - 3.5 yr track

I am studying architecture at UT-Knoxville in order to develop a foundation of design principles to which I can apply some of the technical proficiency that I obtained prior to my graduate studies. The UT College of Architecture and Design pushes us to imagine possibilities and opportunities beyond the standard conceptions or assumptions. I am anticipatory of the opportunities that this venture will open in the future.

May 2017 - current

The University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS, US, Bachelors, Architectural Engineering Technology

I began my studies at USM as a music major, pursuing Music Education with a focus in vocal performance. I realized that my love of music was not so much one associated with teaching the technical realities of it to students, but one that welled up a sense of meaning deep inside of me. I began to make connections in the emotional and experiential similarities in the human interaction with its environment - whether that be physical (easily seen) phenomena or experiential ("invisible") phenomena. I found that my interest was not solely in music itself, but in the impact of beautiful, emotionally moving music on people. As I searched deeper into this interest, I found that these sorts of responses are happening constantly in possibly a more subtle manner when people interact with the architecture around them - whether natural or artificial stimuli.

This prompted an interest in the study of architecture, which I began in my second year attending USM. The focus engineering technology degree was proficiency in technical skills necessary to contribute in the architectural office after completing the degree. The program enabled me to work an internship for more than a year as I finished obtaining my degree. I decided during my Senior year at USM that I wanted to further my knowledge on architectural theory and design and to fulfill the requirements to become a licensed practicing architect. I was accepted to the University of Tennessee's Master of Architecture program and began my graduate studies in June 2017.

Aug 2012 - May 2017

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