KENNETH MICHEL

APECx llc

SAY IT LOUD - MARYLAND Exhibitor

Maryland Based Designer

Who or what inspires you professionally?

I am inspired by the young generation of minority architects looking to break more barriers within the field of design and construction.

KENNETH MICHEL

Bio:

Kenneth Michel provides design & management experience in leading new construction. He is a son of Haitian immigrants and has realized his dream of challenging the status quo of underrepresentation in architecture. His bachelor’s degree is from Cornell University. His work has been featured in the international journal T3xture, BAF & AIA 2019 Spring Design Competition, Baltimore Visitor’s Center, Doors Open Baltimore Exhibit, and most recently AIA’s Connection’s 2021 Q1 journal.

How did you first learn about architecture and when did you decide that built environment profession was an area of interest for you?

My fascination with architecture began at an early age with a desire to understand how things work coupled with an ability to draw. Having a father who was an electrical engineer, I was encouraged to pursue the field of architecture and engineering.

What do you do?

I am a licensed architect practicing architecture in Maryland. In addition to practicing architecture, I seek to participate in design competitions that encourage sustainable designs & foster a responsibility for the current and future environment.

What excites you in the work you do?

I am most excited by the challenge of manifesting design ideas that through a realized process take a life and character of their own, maximizing efficiency, value and utility.

Who or what inspires you professionally?

I am inspired by the young generation of minority architects looking to break more barriers within the field of design and construction.

Featured Project Name: 

THE L'ABRI HOUSE

Featured Project Location: 

UNBUILT - HAITI

 

Featured Project Completion Date: 

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Role in Featured Project: 

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Featured Project Description:

Inspiration for the L’abri house is derived from Labadee, a port located on the northern cost of Haiti. In addition to a high unemployment rate, Haiti also suffers from inclement weather that has devastated the country. The L’abri project explores a new perspective on how native Haitians might be integrated into Labadee by re-thinking the commercialization of the land with resilient housing that allows residents to live, play, work, sell, and trade within an inviting coastal environment.

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