Michel Borg has always been on the design side of architecture and has built a career on creating strong design studios. A simple philosophy is at the core of how he works: “For me this is a team effort,” he explains. “Everyone designs; everyone has a voice in design; and everyone has the capability to push design forward—from the person conceptualizing initial sketches to the individual completing the shop drawings. It all matters. It is all design.”
As Design Director for our Dallas office, Michel has more than 30 years of experience working on large-scale transformative urban projects and brings specific expertise to our academic, corporate/commercial, healthcare and housing/hospitality market sectors. He enjoys the creative and dynamic culture of the profession, noting that it is often his job to recognize the best idea in the room.
“I love that we create something out of nothing,” he explains. “We do charrettes; we put things on the wall; we have robust discussions. I think this is what inspires creativity and ultimately produces the best projects and the best design.” Michel sees it as his mission to promote and elevate design in his studios.
During his 10-year tenure at HKS, he helped transform the design culture of their Orlando office, leading the practice recognized with 22 state and local AIA design awards. Some of his recent projects include the United States Tennis Association National Training Center in Florida, Kuwait Children’s Hospital and a new health and wellness facility for California State University at Monterrey Bay.
Throughout his career, Michel has integrated teaching with his professional practice. He has taught design studios and classes at institutions like Princeton, NJIT, and the University of Texas. He also travels nationwide to give guest lectures and participate in final reviews. Drawing on his own experience as an educator, Michel says working on academic projects is particularly fulfilling. “I find academic projects to always be programmatically rich building types,” he says, “and creating environments where people learn is just awesome.”
Born in California, Michel grew up all over the globe and still enjoys traveling. He is very active in national organizations such as the American Institute of Architects, Urban Land Institute and Society of College and University Planners (SCUP). He is also dedicated to supporting local arts education and volunteers at the Dallas Arboretum and the Young Leaders Group at the Dallas Museum of Art. Michel credits his seventh-grade art teacher for inspiring him to pursue architecture as a career and says on the first day of class at Texas A&M University, he was hooked.
At Page, Michel is dedicated to creating a culture in which design is discussed at every level of every project. Senior Principal Mattia Flabiano notes that Michel is an important addition to the team. “Michel’s strong and award-winning design work will reinforce our work and mission to produce design that makes lives better,” says Mattia. “His approach to team building will also ensure we see high-quality design work coming out all of our teams as we continue to grow across our market sectors.” Michel concurs, “I am here to give our designers the space to grow and bring out the best in people in the most profound way. We’re focusing on design where everyone has a voice,” he says.