Michelle Kaufmann | Architect
Designer, Architect, Advocate
Michelle is an architect with a passion to make thoughtful, healthy buildings accessible to everyone. Michelle is the Architect-In-Residence at Google working on new campus buildings as well as Google’s Head of R+D for the Built Environment. Michelle is also a co-founder of Flux Factory, a software start-up working on the future of architecture.
Michelle specializes in prefabrication and was given the TOP FIRM AWARD by Residential Architect. Michelle has been called “the Henry Ford of green homes” by the Sierra Club and was named “Green Advocate of the Year” by the National Association of Home Builders, was included in Business 2.0 magazine’s list of “100 People Who Matter Now”, and was listed as one of the “The Green 50” by INC magazine.
She has been featured on the Sundance channel, HGTV, Discovery, Planet Green and in numerous magazines including Town+Country, Dwell, Sunset, Time, and the Smithsonian.Working to help extend education and awareness about the beauty of sustainable design, Michelle has had a number of her homes showcased in museums. A full-size replica of Michelle’s home was built at the National Building Museum as part of the exhibit , and a fully-functioning 3-story home designed by Michelle is on display at the Museum of Science and Industry. The home is the exhibit on green building called The Smart Home: Green + Wired. Her work has also been on display at MOCA, the Walker Art Center, and the Vancouver Art Center.
Michelle received her undergraduate degree from Iowa State University, and her Masters from Princeton University. She has been a lecturer and keynote speaker for numerous events, has taught at Iowa State University and Woodbury University, and prior to founding her own architecture studio, Michelle was an Associate with Frank O. Gehry.