- In One Sentence“I am at my best when I can indulge in one or a combination of my favourite activities namely architecture, design, skateboarding, snowboarding or mountain biking.”
Mike was born and raised in Johannesburg. His father is German but settled in South Africa after meeting Mike’s mother here. Although his German is not perfectly fluent, Mike makes every effort to ensure that he doesn’t lose touch with his German heritage. Mike graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of the Witwatersrand Architecture School in 2004. Mike’s final-year thesis titled Skatescape was centred on the skateboard as a tool for reimagining the Johannesburg Inner City and its architecture – a subject and concept that he is still passionate about today. Following his graduation Mike worked at Leslie Pon Architects with Kuba Granicki. After one and a half years he joined Alessio Lacovig at Giannini Loizos Architects. By late 2011 Mike was ready to make a permanent move to Architects Of Justice (AOJ) – which he co-founded with Kuba Granicki and Alessio Lacovig in 2009. While working at Leslie Pon Architects and Giannini Loizos Architects Mike attended several project-management, property law and building contract orientated courses at the University of the Witwatersrand giving him a more solid understanding of the inner-workings of the building industry. Mike also has a keen interest in industrial design and over the past few years he has designed a number of household items using various mediums, which he has either self-made or had manufactured. Mike, who loves the outdoors and extreme sports, is actively involved in the South African snowboarding scene. Not only does he snowboard, he is lucky enough to combine this passion with another – film. Mike has contributed greatly to the development of the sport in both South Africa and Lesotho by documenting it through film. Between 2005 and 2011 Mike made three feature length films and numerous short films. His expertise has been incorporated into AOJ’s skill set where Mike documents certain projects on film.