Michael Piderit

Michael Piderit

New York, NY, US

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Sage and Coombe Architects, New York, Architectural Designer

Sage and Coombe Architects is a mid-size architectural firm specializing in social infrastructure and public projects in the U.S.

Nov 2019 - current

Universal Design Studio, London, GB, Architectural Designer

Universal Design Studio is an award winning architecture and interiors practice specializing in hotels, restaurants, retail environments and cultural institutions.

Jun 2018 - Sep 2018

Fort Standard, New York, Designer/Production Manager

Fort Standard is an industrial design firm specializing in high-end contemporary product, furniture and interiors.

Feb 2015 - May 2016

SZ Projects, New York, NY, US, Junior Designer

SZ Projects is a mid-size architecture and interiors firm run by Silvia Zofio, specializing in hospitality and residential projects across the East Coast of the United States.

May 2014 - Feb 2015

Friends & Family, New York, NY, US, Junior Designer

Friends & Family is a design-build architecture firm run by Taavo Somer, previously of Steven Holl Architects, that specializes in hospitality projects of the highest craftsmanship.

Feb 2013 - Jun 2014

McBride Architects, New York, NY, US, Architectural Intern

McBride Architects is a mid-size architectural firm specializing in residential and cultural projects across the United States.

Sep 2012 - Feb 2013

Snarkitecture, New York, NY, US, Design Intern

Snarkitecture is a versatile design and architecture studio run by Daniel Arsham and Alex Mustonen. It investigates the boundaries between the disciplines of art and architecture through the creation of projects that range from furniture to full-scale architecture.

Jun 2012 - Sep 2012


Royal College of Art, London, GB, Masters, MA Architecture

The two-year MA Architecture Program at The Royal College of Art conceives of architecture as a diverse and complex set of practices that move beyond traditional distinctions and limits in the field. A radical and innovative approach to pedagogy and research, as well as a commitment to an open-minded, experimental studio-culture, sets the RCA apart.

Sep 2017 - Jul 2019

Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT, US, Bachelors, Studio Art (Architecture)/Art History

The art studio program enables students to become fluent in visual language—its analytical and critical vocabulary and the rigors of its technique and method—as a means to explore intellectual issues and human experience. To this end, students learn technique while searching for a personal vision, beginning with basic studies in drawing and introductory art history, proceeding through study of various media, and working toward the successful completion of the major’s comprehensive requirement—the presentation of a one-person exhibition in the spring of their senior year.

The program seeks to reflect the diversity of technical and intellectual approaches practiced in the field of visual art and is open to interdisciplinary experimentation as well as traditionally focused studies. The Architecture concentration is fully hands-on and educates students about the complexities of designing, budgeting and building live projects successfully.

Sep 2008 - May 2012

The Dalton School, New York, NY, US, High School, Diplome

Sep 2004 - May 2008


Winner, London Design Festival '18 Student Competition, 1st Place

Lobby For Change was a student competition, initiated by British Land, one of the largest developer in the U.K. We were challenged to question the future of lobby spaces in corporate environments.

With Foam Folly, my approach was to design a meeting space that would explore an alternative material culture in the harsh environment of these corporate spaces. My design research was developed by introducing digital tools to established modes of craft and prioritising in-depth understanding of materiality to inform emerging fabrication technologies.

As the winner of the competition, a 1:1 prototype and supporting installation was exhibited at the 2018 London Design Festival in as a solo show.


RIBA West Prize (Shortlist), Award

My first year project at the Royal College of Art, entitled Un/Covered, was shortlisted for the RIBA West Prize, distinguishing it as one of the best projects not only in the school but in the region.


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