Michael Stickney

Michael Stickney

Quincy, MA, US



As a 2010 Master in Architecture graduate of the Wentworth Institute of Technology I have what I feel is a unique understanding and application of scale within my approach to design and architecture. Not only do I have a strong vision and understanding of scale from the rudimentary materials of the structure, but also how that further translates into the building's space, design and layout. Ultimately harmonizing the structures functionality with the built form to become an experiential piece of art as it participates with the user and urban landscape.


Of the previous positions I have held, I have most recently contributed to IKEA through designing and planning kitchen interiors. As a kitchen ambassador it becomes my duty to drive sales by demonstrating how a layout integrated with IKEA products may transform an existing room into a space of value through enhanced functionality and visual appeal. I have also contributed to the urban planning firm Thompson Design Group in Boston.  Thompson Design Group is a well-known and respected urban planning firm that has allowed me to take a step back from the details of a building by analyzing and understanding the potential ramifications of the building as it relates to its context. In addition to Thompson Design Group, I have also worked in the areas of structural steel fabrication and structural engineering. No matter the scale, the common factor of my previous work opportunities has taught me the concept of experience and its crucial role it plays in the human translation of the built form.


IKEA, Stoughton, MA, US, Visual Merchandiser

Initiates and evaluates store merchandising floor remodels and display changes
Plans and works with store managers to develop strategies to maximize commercial sales
Ensures merchandise standards are clearly presented and adhered to

Jan 2012 - current

Freelance/Self-employed, Quincy, MA, US, Architectural Designer

A&E television series “Flipping Boston”, Peabody MA
Conceptualized, developed and planned with director of the show and host for multiple episodes
Strategized several kitchen layouts to meet budget constraints and to maximize visual appeal
Managed work team through construction of several single-family home kitchens

Souhleris Realty, Peabody MA
Assessed how the current office functions and structure operates in Peabody MA
Consulted and discussed ways to improve efficiencies and effectiveness with company owner
Designed and implemented a flexible multi function media office wall

North Hudson Development & Construction, Newton MA
Assessed existing conditions in three story home in Newton MA
Constructed floor plans of existing and proposed conditions for project leader
Designed a brownstone masonry façade for existing re-facing project in Charlestown MA

Groove Entertainment, Lexington MA
Assessed existing condition and provided square footage estimate for single family building addition
Created floor plans for existing living spaces
Reconfigure house layout to include a working office for a small party planning company

Jul 2011 - current

IKEA, Stoughton, MA, US, Kitchen Design and Planner

Optimized sales, profitability and development of modular kitchen systems
Initiate schematic design of corporate and residential kitchen layouts
Renovate and construct sample homes and rooms throughout store interior

Aug 2009 - Jan 2012

Thompson Design Group Inc. Master Planning, Urban Design & Archtecture, South Boston, MA, US, Urban Design and Planner

Produced conceptual images for the rejuvenation of Salisbury Beach State Park
Created comprehensive presentations of integrated green urban strategies and technologies
Improved urban circulation strategies for proposed pier at Long Branch Beach in NJ

Jun 2008 - Jan 2009

LeMessurier Consultants Inc. Structural Engineering Consultants, Cambridge, MA, US, Structural Engineering Drafter

Presented digital representations of bracing elevations for proposed Northeastern University high rise
Facilitated final construction documents for converted crematorium into an indoor farmers market
Drafted structural plans, details and sections for proposed theater restoration project

Jun 2007 - Jan 2008

Megquire & Jones Inc. Structural Steel Fabrication, South Portland, ME, US, Structural Steel Programmer

Fabricated major structural members for Casco Bay Marina in Portland, ME
Individually responsible for structural components for Grand Victorian Hotel at Old Orchard Beach, ME
Constructed light gauge steel trusses for commercial entrance vestibule in Augusta, ME

Jun 2006 - Jan 2007


Wentworth Institute of Technology, Boston, MA, US, MArch, Architecture

Sep 2004 - May 2010