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Michael John Vivien Architect is a design-oriented Architecture and Planning firm specializing in custom residential and urban-infill multi-family and commercial, mixed-use projects that encompass a refined sensitivity toward the building's site, climate and context. We believe that natural environment and human endeavor are not mutually exclusive and work rigorously in the pursuit of intuitive and honest design solutions that demonstrate a stewardship toward and a regeneration of the natural systems and native ecologies found onsite. We seek to craft a dialogue between the natural landscape and the built environment in order to develop thoughtful design solutions that are both sustainable and economically prudent.

Michael has 20+ years of experience in the profession of Architecture and Design. He is licensed to practice Architecture in the states of California, Arizona, Vermont and Rhode Island and is certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards in Washington, D.C. meaning that he has met the most rigorous requirements for Architectural licensure, thereby allowing for reciprocal registration in all other states and Canadian provinces. He holds a professional degree in Architecture from the University of Southern California where he studied under notable Architectural luminaries Pierre Koenig and Ray Kappe, two leaders in the development of what were the post-war Case Study Houses and of California Modern. A strong advocate of Sustainable materials and methods, Michael is also credentialed as a LEED® Green Associate™ by the Green Building Certification Institute and is Certified as a Sustainable Building Advisor by the Sustainable Building Advisor Institute in Seattle. Michael actively engages his clients to share and collaborate in the craft of making Architecture. His mission is to create authentically personal and immersive spaces that express a deep affection for the natural beauty and wonder of life in the American West.

Michael John Vivien
AIA, NCARB, LEED® Green Associate™

"Design is not making beauty, beauty emerges from selection, affinities, integration, love."​


                     Louis Kahn

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