We are proud to announce the promotion of Michael Walch to Senior Project Manager. He has a decade of architectural experience, and his office leadership and mentorship of staff contribute to the teaching environment that sets ESKW/A apart.
Michael grew up in the East Bay area of California and went to Berkeley for undergraduate school. He found ESKW/A through an old-fashioned job listing—“Was it Craigslist?” he jests—after completing graduate school at Columbia in 2010. Our focus on non-profit work initially caught his eye because in high school he had a part-time job in peer health outreach work with a local organization. “The social function and impact of architecture has remained a strong interest for me,” he added.
The office has nearly doubled in size since he started, but he appreciates that everyone’s unique talents and points-of-view still come through in the work and the culture. Some significant projects Michael has worked on include Ocean Wonders: Sharks!, School Street Residences, DF Mavens, and Chait House.
“Working on the Sharks! shimmer wall, which is essentially an art installation, was more aesthetic-focused than a lot of our work, so that was a really unique experience,” he said. “School Street Residences has been in the works for a while. It’s the first ground-up building in the office where I cohesively led the design, and it’s a very challenging site, so it’s rewarding to see it realized.”
Michael has attended LEDucation in recent years and as a result has become the office’s lead in-house resource for lighting. “I also tend to cast a wide net when it comes to researching new materials, so I enjoy helping project teams come up with ideas,” he added.
Outside of work you’ll usually find him at the gym, baking, or taking on different projects at his upstate getaway. This year he and his partner tackled their small backyard and built a large, raised planter and installed new paving. “After the backbreaking work and some close calls, it looks like the plants are going to survive!” he said.
We’re excited to formally integrate Michael’s ambition and cultivational work ethic to ESKW/A’s leadership!