Michael Willhoit

Michael Willhoit

Philadelphia, PA, US

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I am a graduate of the Tyler School of Art BS.Arch program, class of 2019, and a current student at the University of Pennsylvania's MArch program. I have 2 years professional experience in institutional work in education and government, with a well-rounded knowledge of design softwares. Designing from large to small scale and thoughtfully planning every aspect of a design is part of what I believe drives my work, and that synthesis through contrast guides my philosophy for design. 


Bernardon, West Chester, PA, US, Architectural Designer

Entry level architectural designer working on multifamily residential and mixed use developments in PA and NJ. Responsible to construction documentation and other tasks assigned. Also helping lead an effort to introduce parametric software such as dynamo to the office workflow.

Jun 2019 - Mar 2020

SMP Architects, Philadelphia, PA, US, Student Intern

First experience working in an architecture firm. Worked with design teams on institutional projects in education and government. Focused on energy and sustainability of buildings and renovation of existing structures for new functions. Involved in the Construction Documentation phase and Design Development phase primarily, but was exposed to all phases of design at one point or another.

May 2018 - Mar 2019

Learn WIth Bricks, Warminster, PA, US, Model Builder

As Model Builder for Learn with Bricks, I worked with artists and designers to create permanent yet interactive models out of Lego bricks. These large-scale models were displayed at public events, where additions to the base model were encouraged and facilitated.

Jan 2015 - Aug 2017


University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, US, MArch, M.Arch

Began my studies at Penn during the Covid-19 pandemic. Heavily focused on digital design and representation currently.

Jan 2020 - current

Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, US, Bachelors, Architecture

Temple's undergraduate architecture program is a four-year bachelor's program, and begins with foundation studies, which allow students to explore design through abstract concepts and forms, after which we must apply with a portfolio to the design program, where we begin to learn about architecture in the real world.

Aug 2014 - May 2019


Capstone Award, Award

Academic award for outstanding final semester project from Temple University's architecture faculty.


AIA Knowledge Community Design for Aging Student Award, 2nd Place

Received 2nd place and a scholarship for a student competition at Temple University, involving innovative design for a senior living community in the Fishtown neighborhood of Philadelphia. Awarded at the Leading Age Conference in Philadelphia in November 2018.


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