Michael McKinnell, FAIA, RIBA, Principal

Professional Expertise
N. Michael McKinnell is the Design Director for Kallmann McKinnell & Wood Architects. As co-founder, Mr. McKinnell has been intimately involved in the design of all the firm’s work since it was established in 1962.

Formerly a tenured professor at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University, Mr. McKinnell has pursued a distinguished career in architectural education for over forty years. His unique and profound involvement in the theory and pragma of architecture has made him an outstanding and influential teacher for many generations of architectural students.

Rather than subscribing to an ideologically set style, Mr. McKinnell continues to explore an inclusive architectural mode that combines the absorption of architectural memory with a contemporary sensibility and dedication to modernism.

His architecture has the power to create public icons for important civic buildings, and the ability to convey architectural authenticity by virtue of his attention to craftsmanship, detail and ornament, which he ardently pursues in all of the firm’s work.

The expressive range of his architecture embraces the larger urban gestures related to context as much as the intimacy of aedicular enclosure, and the transformation of construction into poetic metaphor. Both the tranquility of what survives from the past and restlessness of the modern world has their place in the architecture of Kallmann McKinnell & Wood. Even as it acknowledges darker, disturbing themes it celebrates the joyous and hopeful aspects of human existence.

Mr. McKinnell’s design work reflects his belief that each new building must contribute to a larger context of integrated, enhanced space and image.

University of Manchester, UK
Bachelor of Arts - First Class Honors in Architecture, 1958
Traveling Scholarship, 1956
Royal Manchester Institute Silver Medal, 1958

Columbia University
Master of Science, Architecture, 1960
William Hale Kendall Fellowship, 1960
Fulbright Traveling Scholarship, 1960

Harvard University, Graduate School of Design
Honorary Master of Arts, 1978

Professional Affiliations
Fellow, American Institute of Architects
Member, Royal Institute of British Architects
Fellow, American Academy of Arts & Sciences
Member, National Council of Architectural Registration Boards

Personal Awards
Royal Manchester Institute Silver Medal, 1958
William Hale Kendall Fellowship, 1960
Arnold Brunner Prize, Natl. Inst. of Arts, 1969
AIA Firm of the Year Award, 1984
Louis Sullivan Award for Architecture, 1987
BSA Award of Honor, 1994

Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Minnesota, Missouri, United Kingdom
Pietro Belluschi Lecture, MIT, 1996
Walter Gropius Lecture, Harvard, 1988

Teaching Experience
Harvard University, 1966 - 1986
Nelson Robinson, Jr. Professor of Architecture (1983-1988)
University of Manchester, 1972 - 1974
Columbia University, 1960 - 1962
Columbia University, 1976 - 1977
Yale University, 1976
American Academy in Rome, 1989
MIT School of Architecture, 1996-2003

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