Michael spent the first 30 years of his life in Perth where he did all the usual things that one does growing up there through the 60’s & 70’s. After graduating as an architect and working for a number of years in West Perth, he left Australia & moved to Europe. What started as perhaps one year turned into 8 years, travelling extensively and working on some very interesting and diverse projects in the UK, Germany & Spain. The stars aligned in southern Spain in late ’88 and he met Britta, prompting a move the following year from London to Hamburg, experiencing a newly re-united Germany first hand.
Occasional trips back to Australia always ended up in Margaret River and so in 1995 Michael & Britta made the move. There they created & developed Half Moon Corner accommodation, which, after 18 years became a victim of the bypass road. The forced change led to a new project on the west side of town which resulted in an Institute of Architects award for sustainable architecture. The venture into tourism might have ended, but architecture has remained a constant for the last 40+ years, a passion that will never fade.
The other passion is snowboarding which has also taken Michael all over the world. He sometimes laments that he could have chosen some water based sport to fall in love with, a little closer to hand. Michael has always maintained a keen interest in culture and the arts, in particular contemporary dance & theatre. He has been a board member since 2017.