Michael Harpster, AIA

Architect / Associate
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Michael Harpster, AIA

Architect / Associate

Michael joined BVH in 2014 and has experience working on projects varied in scale, program and context. As a designer, he works to find unexpected opportunities or resolutions within the unique constraints of each project. He attempts to combine pragmatic understandings of program, material and assembly with a process of critical inquiry to realize productive new realities for his clients and community.

Michael initially received a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln prior to obtaining a Master of Architecture degree from the UNL College of Architecture. In addition to working at BVH, Michael has also taught a number of design studios within the UNL College of Architecture. Through his education and professional practice, he has developed interests in urban design and policy, digital fabrication technologies, architectural visualization and the intersections between landscape and architecture.

What is the favorite place you have visited?
Florence, Italy.

What are you optimistic about?
I am optimistic of design’s ability to change the world (i.e., to lead to new, productive realities for clients and community members).

How do you engage your community?
The primary means through which I engage with my community is my design work. The work I design impacts those who inhabit and visit the places I help to design.

What is your area of interest or research?
My interest include urban design and policy, digital fabrication technologies, architectural visualization and the intersections between landscape and architecture.

What is your inspiration?
I find inspiration in the landscapes, organisms and systems of the natural world, as well as the stories, writings and designed artifacts of other people.