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Michelle Swanson

Senior Architect and Team Leader Michelle Swanson, AIA focuses on the design of efficient yet elegant buildings driven and inspired by their environment through the use of advanced of computational skills.

Michelle is currently the Senior Designer for a confidential office tower competition. Recently she was the Team Leader for the design team on the International Pavilions for Astana Expo City 2017, a 174 hectare architectural and master planning project in Kazakhstan.

Prior to joining AS+GG in 2012, Michelle was a Project Architect and Environmental Designer at Goettsch  Partners and Project Architect and Digital Design Specialist at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, both in Chicago.


Masters of Architecture, Pratt Institute NY, 2007
Bachelor of Architecture, Iowa State University, 2000

Professional Registrations + Affiliations

American Institute of Architects (AIA )
Registered Architect, Illinois
LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP)


Major projects at Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture:

Burj 2020
Senior Architect for mixed-use development with signature supertall tower, commercial building, and six residential and hotel towers. Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The Yard at Shakespeare Theater
Senior Architect for expansion and renovation that will include an adaptable, flexible auditorium built from modular towers. Chicago, Illinois

Goldenland Towers
Senior Architect and Team Leader for architecture for a 287,000 sm mixed-use project with an office and hotel tower and a service apartment tower connected by a 5-story podium with retail and parking. Suzhou, China

Astana Expo City 2017
Senior Architect on the International Pavilions for the 174 hectare international exposition site, which features exhibition and cultural pavilions, educational and civic facilities; and site-wide parks. Astana, Kazakhstan

Jeddah Tower
Senior Architect on podium, canopy and basements for next tallest building in the world, this multi-use tower will feature a luxury hotel, office space, serviced apartments, luxury condominiums and the world’s highest observatory. Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Major projects at Goettch Partners, prior to joining Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture:

Polu Pazhou Parcel 5
Office complex consisting of three towers. Assisted with design through technical drawings. Completed an environmental analysis of the massing and the site. Managed drawings from concept through the end of DD. China

Northwestern Music School
Recently completed new music school takes advantage of  the site’s lakefront location and views of the Chicago skyline Created a design model of the recital hall, producing high quality renderings and a 3d print. Managed drawings from DD through the end of CDs. Evanston, Illinois

Major projects at SOM, Chicago:

Tanguu Transit Hub
Several schemes for a roof structure that would span a transit hub were designed for this digital project. The primary concept was for the roof to respond to environmental data in order shade while allowing light down to the train level. Tanguu, China

University of Chicago Lab School
Designed several schemes for the early childhood center facade. The design of the facade incorporated the gothic geometry of adjacent existing schools. The facade pattern gradually opens to let light into greenhouse spaces that are incorporated into each classroom. Chicago, Illinois

Major projects at SOM, New York:

Corporate Bank Headquarters
Environmental design for large roof structure using Ecotect and Paracloud. Istanbul, Turkey

Abu Dhabi Security Campus
Design for a fabric roof based on environmental data using Ecotect and Paracloud. Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Major projects at Kol/Mac Studio, New York:

Kol | Mac Studio Office and Residence
Design and Construction Drawings for interior office fit out. New York, New York

Carlsberg Urban Site Competition
Architectural design competition for site. Copenhagen, Denmark

Major projects at D. Kythreotis and Associates Nicosia, Cyprus:

Chaps Condo Building
Schematic architectural design for a twelve-story luxury residential condominium building with amenities. Nicosia, Cyprus

Housing Development
Schematic architectural design for three and four-story, multiple-family housing blocks. Bucharest, Romania