Michael Wacht (he/him)Board Member

    Founder of Los Angeles based Architecture firm IntuArch, Michael has been responsible for over $200 million of construction throughout New York, California, and abroad. Michael’s clients have ranged from local institutions to multinational corporations, designing each project through a strategic understanding of how community, context, and configuration create effective and resilient Architecture. IntuArch clients include charter schools, community centers, nonprofit organizations, multifamily/mixed-use developments, and residential projects.

    After earning his B.Arch. at Cornell University in 2002, Michael spent six years in New York apprenticing at acclaimed residential firm B Five Studio and then rising to Project Manager for multifamily and hotel high-rise projects at SBJ Group. His notable mixed-use project experience includes 325 Fifth Avenue, be@schermerhorn, and proposed renovations to the historic Puck Building in SoHo.

    Seeking further advancement in the design field, Michael earned an M.Arch. from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Design in 2009. After graduating, he moved to Los Angeles becoming a Studio Director for MADA s.p.a.m., frequently flying to Shanghai to manage the design of projects ranging in scale from public institutions to urban masterplans. A true mentorship, Michael acquired his focus on creating innovative and effective design strategies under firm Principal Qingyun Ma, then the Dean of the USC School of Architecture. In Los Angeles, Michael also spent several years working as a Project Architect for the local design firm JFAK, where his client experience expanded to include universities, schools, and shopping/lifestyle destinations.