Mike Shively, AIA

Mike has a life-long enthusiasm for architecture and design. He has traveled to over 20 countries exploring what is unique and what is universal in architecture. Through travel, he has developed an appreciation for architecture’s ability to connect you to a place. A good building operates sustainably in its place. A great one increases your awareness of where you are and serves as an extension of the place around you.

Born in Kentucky, Mike earned his undergraduate degree at Ball State University, then spent a year in New York City working on office and hospitality projects with Kostow Greenwood Architects. In 2004, he earned his Master of Architecture as the John Gaw Meem Fellow from the University of New Mexico.

In Chicago, he enjoyed an 11 year career with Morgante Wilson Architects as Project Architect on over 50 homes throughout the country. He became a Licensed Architect in the state of Illinois and a member of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards in 2008. In 2010, he became a LEED Accredited Professional, in 2012, a member of the American Institute of Architects, and in 2017 a Registered Energy Professional in the City of Chicago.

Mike founded MSA 2015 in order to build closer relationships with our clients and other industry professionals. His work has won numerous awards and has been featured in Dwell, the Wall Street Journal, the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Magazine, Chicago Architect, and others. Two of his projects have achieved LEED Gold. But he’s driven by the process of working every day with interesting people and hearing how much much our former clients love life in their homes and spaces.

He also enjoys the tranquility of his cabin in Three Oaks, Michigan. He helps promote creativity by supporting local theater and being a member of the Art Institute of Chicago and of WBEZ public radio. He loves his Scottie, and often goes out of his way for good coffee.