Michael Kershisnik was born and raised in a small town on the high desert plateau of Wyoming. The western landscape, its inhabitants and the culture of individualism and self-reliance influenced the development of his aesthetic sensibility. He came to the Northwest to attend the University of Washington and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture. Graduate school took him to the east coast where he attended Penn and earned his Masters of Architecture from the Graduate School of Fine Arts. He has worked on a diverse range of project types including fine single-family homes, multi-family housing, adaptive reuse projects, offices, banks, and higher education. He believes that architectural design that is faithful to its inhabitants, place, and time creates a strong and vibrant built environment.

When not at work, Michael is either carving hand pressed prints with themes relating to sense of place and personal history or wandering the banks of a Western stream, casting hand-tied flies to trout and gathering inspiration for his next creation. Of course, every move he makes is under the watchful eyes of Roo and Koda, the ever faithful (and always overwhelming) Chesapeake Bay Retrievers.

“Be as the river.”