Mike Lidwin

Mike Lidwin

Cambridge, MA, US





Fulbright Program, Milan, Researcher

Mar 2021 - Aug 2021

Drysdale Design Associates, Washington, DC, US, Design Assistant

I've worked for Mary Douglas Drysdale as a temporary architecture assistant for various periods from 2016 - 2021, the longest period of work being from August 2020 - January 2021.

My work experience includes research and drawings for the renovation of a historic row house in Dupont Circle, DC; the documentation of a historic Coral Gables home; and the assistance for a showhouse in McLean, VA. The majority of my work involved Auto-CAD drafting and Adobe Illustrator software. I also worked on the Photoshop edits for images on the cover of Kitchen + Bath Business (February/March 2017) and featured in Southern Homes (May 2017) and Home + Design (June 2017). Working in this small design firm allowed me to witness the complete design process for an accomplished designer, even gaining exposure to the publication process, as Mary continues to be one of the most published interior designers in the country. In addition to completing AutoCAD drawings for plan, section, and elevation views of her renovation project, I had experience communicating with clients, filing paperwork, and researching neoclassical architecture. This experience made me realize my favorite part about architecture is the client relationships and the personability that is promoted through our profession.

Jun 2016 - Jan 2021

IBIDEM City, Milan, IT, Design Assistant + Research Trainee

I continue to communicate and design with the platform remotely on competition work. While in Milano for July 2019, I participated in weekly design charettes with IBIDEM City Design Research Platform, assisting with the competition design submittal for Tampere, Finland.

Jan 2019 - Oct 2019

Gensler, New York, Architectural Intern

I worked as an architectural intern in the Community 2 Studio for Gensler's New York Office, involved in base-building design, landlord services, mixed-use development, and re-positioning projects. Gensler provided me with extensive training and experience in critical design softwares - including Revit. I gained exposure to high-profile clients and projects around the New York Metropolitan area. I consider myself extremely fortunate to experience the amazing design-culture present in the firm, learning the opportunities that arise when great design is paired with an even greater collaboration among fellow designers, clients, and contributing professionals.

Jan 2019 - May 2019

The University of Tennessee - Knoxville, Knoxville, TN, US, Undergraduate Research Assistant

In the summer of 2017, I worked as an assistant to the School of Architecture at UT, Director Jason Young. As part of this work, I helped compile and document a school archive of student work, design build initiatives, and publications. In addition to an organized archive, I also helped create a series of loop presentations and began a publication portfolio for our school's design build projects.

May 2017 - Aug 2017

Mathnasium - Math Learning Center, Aldie, VA, US, Math Tutor

Aside from design, math tutoring is one of my favorite past times. For this particular summer experience, I served as a tutor in the local math learning center, helping students from grade levels of kindergarten through 12th Grade. Being able to share my knowledge of multivariable calculus to students older than me, or arithmetic to those younger, connected me to different ages through a common language of mathematics. A lot of the students I worked with had recently moved to America and were not as familiar with the English language. Therefore, I enjoyed the opportunity to see math as a common language that we could communicate through.

In addition to this experience, I served as an elementary school math tutor during the school years in high school - assisting my former third grade teacher's class. In college, I continue to actively participate in elementary schools, currently serving as a volunteer and mentor in Knoxville community schools. I am currently conducting a project with Freedom by Design to provide a Little Library installation for a STEAM organization at a Knoxville elementary school.

Jul 2014 - Sep 2014


Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, US, Masters, Urban Planning

Aug 2021 - current

The University of Tennessee - Knoxville, Knoxville, TN, US, BArch, Architecture

Double Major in Architecture + Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures (Italian Concentration)

Aug 2015 - May 2020


Amsterdam Cycling Bridge - Editorial Pick, Other

Group design submission with Logan Costner and Ally Rees.


Faculty Letter of Design Merit, UTK CoA+D, Award


Aydelott Travel Award, Grant

For Summer 2019, I am conducting an independent research project on urban threshold conditions that emerge around international and cultural entrances. This research takes me to Agra, India; Yokohama, Japan; Valletta, Malta; and Arnhem, Netherlands.


2017 HOUZZ Scholar, 1st Place

First place winner of the 2017 Residential Design Scholarship, sponsored by Houzz. Recognized for a combination of my portfolio, website, and personal esssay involving what defines my residential design style.


UT CoA+D Research and Creative Achievement Honors Awards, Honorable Mention

In the spring of 2017, my research partner and I received honorable mention in the annual Undergraduate Research Symposium at UTK - EUREcA. Our project, "Investigating Terracotta Cladding—An Analysis of the Bechtler Museum’s Enclosure," sought to utilize wall section and technical drawing techniques to understand the function and design of the award-winning museum. By researching Mario Botta's architecture, I gained valuable insight into the design process and the use of masonry as an expressive and structural material.


Haslam Scholar, Scholarship

From the website:
"The Haslam Scholars Program was founded in 2008 with a generous gift from Jimmy and Dee Haslam and Jim and Natalie Haslam. Since that time, the program has flourished into a unique, in-depth academic enrichment program with goals to develop civically engaged scholars by promoting the pursuit of knowledge, research, and community leadership.

Components of the program include an exclusive curriculum, a collaborative study abroad experience, interdisciplinary seminars, and community service learning. Through personal involvement and mentorship from UT’s top faculty, each Haslam Scholar develops the knowledge and skills to pursue and explore an independent research agenda. Additionally, Haslam Scholars serve as high-profile undergraduate leaders on campus and in the community whose lofty academic ambitions match those of the program and the institution."


Peyton Manning Scholar, Scholarship

One of four incoming freshman to be recognized as a Peyton Manning Scholar at the University of Tennessee.


Areas of Specialization