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Michelle Swanson

AS+GG Senior Architect Michelle Swanson, AIA has been with the firm for 11 years.

As a Team Leader she has worked on many of the firm’s most iconic projects including Al Wasl Plaza, the centerpiece for the Dubai Expo 2020; Astana Expo City 2017, a 174 hectare architectural and master planning project in Kazakhstan; and Jeddah Tower, the next tallest building in the world now under construction in Saudi Arabia.

Most recently she was the Senior Project Achitect for Freed Hotel and Residences, a new mixed-use tower in Toronto featuring 100 five-star luxury hotel rooms and 400 luxury condominiums. She also worked on the award-winning Chicago Architecture Center, Chicago's premiere nonprofit cultural organization that offers tours, exhibitions, programs and events for all ages.

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.


Pratt Institute NY Master’s Degree, Architecture
Iowa State University Bachelor’s Degree, 5 year Professional Architecture

Professional Registrations + Affiliations

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


Major projects at Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture:

Freed Hotel and Residences
Mixed-use tower features 100 five-star luxury hotel rooms and 400 luxury condominiums with a world class Skybar and restaurant on the 63rd floor, boutique spa, and a 10,000 sq ft Katsuya Restaurant on the 2nd floor. Toronto, Ontario

Forbes International Tower
New mixed-use office tower in the heart of Cairo’s rising New Administrative Capital was designed to achieve LEED Platinum certification. The curvilinear design of glass and steel will rise 43 floors and feature two stories of high-end retail spaces. Cairo, Egypt

Al Wasl Plaza
Centerpiece for Expo2020 combines breathtaking design, innovative technology, and an intricate domed trellis incorporating a huge immersive projection experience. After the Expo completes in 2021, the surrounding 10-13 story buildings will be converted into hotels and other commercial uses, complementing the entire mixed-use legacy of the site. Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Foshan Airport Competition
Design creates a visual flow to unify the travel experience from the train station to the aircraft. As cars arrive at the curbside drop-off, a canopy extends above to welcome and shade departing travelers. As the traveler steps from their vehicle, they are greeted by the soaring glass walls of the terminal, a threshold that all travelers will pass through as they depart or arrive at Terminal 1 of Pearl River Delta Hub International Airport. Foshan, China

Xiamen Oceanfront Center for Global Competition
The master plan addresses 600 ha of land and 7,000,000 square-meters of buildings organized to maximize the value of the oceanfront location and to elevate the visitor and athlete experience. A major sports complex and convention center anchor the waterfront with an entertainment and transit hub located in the center to provide high levels of commuter access and activity during event and non-event days throughout the year. Xiamen, China

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

Tribune Tower East
Residential mixed-use project includes 200 hotel rooms, 125 condo units, and 439 rental units. Vehicle and pedestrian entries at multiple street levels are organized for specified pickup and drop off areas for tenants, visitors, rideshare services, and commercial vehicles. Chicago, Illinois

Chicago Architecture Center (CAC)
Formerly known as the Chicago Architecture Foundation, the new 20,000 sf CAC is carved out of an under-utilized retail and exterior terrace space at the Illinois Center in downtown Chicago. Part education and lecture space, part exhibition, and part retail space, the CAC’s interior design contrasts the austere classic Mies elements with exposed moments of raw architecture. Chicago, Illinois

The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare Theater
New addition to popular theater located on Navy Pier in downtown includes an adaptable, flexible auditorium built from modular towers. Consisting of approximately 35,000 sf of new space, the project introduces a global trend in theater architecture to Chicago that focuses on resourceful, sustainable, and adaptive design. Chicago, Illinois

Suzhou Keyne Centre
Architectural and interior design 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

Wuhan Greenland Center
119-story, 606 m tall, 300,000 sm mixed-use tower features office, apartments and hotel, with advanced MEP systems, Wuhan, China

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