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  • Has Experience with these building types:

    Assembly (Worship, Restaurant, Theater), Business (Office), Civic (Recreational), Educational, Hotel/Motel, Institutional, Multi-Family (Apartments, Condos), Student Housing, Custom Innovative Residential

  • Has Experience with these material types:

    Mass Timber, Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT), Glue-Laminated Timber (GLT or glulam), Timber-Frame / Post and Beam, Heavy Timber Decking, Hybrid (wood with steel or concrete), Structural Composite Lumber (e.g. LVL and LSL)

  • Has experience with these construction types:

    I-A, II-A, II-B, III-A, III-B, IV-A, IV-B, IV-C

Michael Guthrie is the founding design principal of INFORM Studio where he focuses on vision, culture, innovation and strategy. Michael’s background growing up in Los Angeles with family entrenched in the film industry influences his perspective of design through a lens based on the experiential. He works within a broad sphere of influence that includes accomplishments in the academic realm, architecture and urban place making.

Michael has achieved significant professional awards and distinctions that include over 40 AIA Design Awards, and his commitment to the firm’s progressive work is illustrated by a broad range of projects including hospitality, mixed-use, residential, commercial, urban design and pedestrian bridges.

His work at INFORM spans a 20 year interest in Mass Timber most notably recognized by the documentary completed by KDN Films and aired on PBS, known as "Up From Ashes," which chronicled the innovative sustainable design and construction process for the Ann Arbor District Library, Traverwood Branch, utlizing Ash trees located on the site devastated by the Emerald Ash Bore.  

INFORM studio is a multi-disciplinary design practice with offices in Detroit and Chicago.
Innovative Light-Frame and Mass Timber Project Portfolio:
Projects Filtered By:

Community Center at A.B. Ford Park

Detroit, MI

Grace Bible Church

Ann Arbor, MI
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