Michael Blackburn

Michael Blackburn

Altadena, CA, US




Created technical and illustrative drawings for both architecture and urban design projects using computer and hand drawing techniques.

Developed, organized and laid out documents for urban design and planning projects.

Utilized Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to aid the urban planning process and develop build-out analyses.

Produced maps and diagrams from GIS and CAD data to convey design intentions and information for use in printed and digital presentations.

Documented, measured and photographed project sites.

Assisted in managing urban design and planning projects.

Observed and participated in public meetings and charrettes with city staff and residents.

Developed both physical and 3D computer models of buildings.


Computer Skills

Provided technical support for various computer programs including AutoCad, InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop and Sketchup.

Created photo albums, digital slideshows and videos of events.

Designed and maintained websites for both professional and personal use.

Proficient in the following computer programs:

Windows XP/Vista/7


AutoCAD 2008

Adobe CS5 (Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, Acrobat and Bridge)

Adobe Lightroom

Final Cut Pro


ArcView 9.3

SketchUp Pro

Microsoft Office Suite



Knowledge of and experience with various cameras, lenses, equipment and techniques.

Assisted in studio photography.

Photographed events, weddings and live performances.

Edited digital photos for use in print and web publications.

Organized digital photo library for archival and search purposes.



Professional Master of Architecture
Andrews University, Berrien Springs, MI  -  May 2007
The graduate design studio focuses on traditional urban design, including an entire semester dedicated to the proposal of a community redesign.

Bachelor of Science in Architecture
Andrews University, Berrien Springs, May 2006
The Bachelor of Science in Architecture at Andrews University is centered around the principles of traditional urban design, contextualism, and social responsibility within the profession. Design studios place particular emphasis on these principles, and students are challenged to base design decisions on thoughtful, rational criteria.


Work history

Freelance Designer    
Self Employed, Pasadena, CA
December 2008 - Present

Moule & Polyzoides, Architects and Urbanists - Pasadena, CA
October 2007 - December 2008

Andrews University Public Relations - Berrien Springs, MI
January 2007 - May 2007


Moule & Polyzoides | Architects and Urbanists, Pasadena, CA, US, Designer

Oct 2007 - Dec 2008


Andrews University, Berrien Springs, MI, US, MArch, Architecture

Jun 2003 - May 2007

Areas of Specialization