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Michelle’s practice evolves through art, research and design that focuses on materiality and performance to investigate an architecture that has positive social, cultural, and environmental impacts. With a digital to analog collaborative approach, her practice shifts between technology and the vernacular, and history and contemporaneity, practicing through experimentation that is grounded in craft and making. 

Michelle is one half of mbns,  working with Nicole Salnikov as a collaborative project exploring physical, social, and cultural paradoxes. It is a practice of experimentation and synthesis, always tuning and responding.

Since 2017, Michelle has been a member of umbau school for architecture and has worked as a project manager with OPAL Architecture / Research / Design. She has a Masters in Advanced Architecture from the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia where she is currently doing research as part of a Postgraduate in 3D Printing Architecture.



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Living architectures are process-oriented.


They can be silent and persistent in their appeal to self-regulate, though there is no finalized form in their structure.


Intuitively functioning through inclusivity, a living architecture celebrates the complexity of beings and the environment as a dynamic agent holding significant potential in imagining and reforming with future environments. It operates locally and sensitively to materiality and performance while maintaining an enriched dialogue between analog and digital technologies.  Its place in time is held only through its impermanence. Living architecture supports self-sustaining communities through continually adapting the spaces that are inhabited and the ways in which they are built. Communities can have agency over their built environment without compromising a close familiarity with nature and the vernacular architecture that is held within the memory of place. It promotes a malleable narrative where culture and the built environment are integrated with research and practice to form a feedback loop within the ecologies that emerge from sustainable infrastructures.


Living architecture relates to both natural and man-made environments molding into a union that inspires inquiry to biogenic agency, relative to all organisms as open engagement between the human self and nature. It untangles and questions any learned cultural boundaries that center the human as autonomous to nature.