Michael Patrick, AIA, LEED AP
Michael Patrick is a founding partner of Patrick and Anderson Partners in Architecture (PAPA), dedicated to the design of the “House of God and the House of Man.” The practice is focused on the design of Catholic churches, on single-family residential projects, and on the incorporation of sustainable design principles into architectural projects. Prior to beginning PAPA in 2008 with business partner Eric Anderson, Michael was for five years a Design Director in Architecture for the Washington DC office of Gensler, responsible for the design of multiple projects from $30M to $350M, and was one of the three firm-wide practice area leaders responsible for guiding Gensler’s work, throughout its thirty offices worldwide, on College and University campus buildings. Before moving to DC in 2004, Michael was for three years the Design Director of the Atlanta office of Leo A Daly. His earlier work included several years in Boston designing airports and health care facilities in the Northeast region.
Michael is a Visiting Critic at The Catholic University of America School of Architecture and has taught studio and technical courses there since 2006. In 2008, Michael, with business partner Eric, began to teach a design studio for “A Model Catholic Church for the Third Millennium,” ideas from which have led to some of the content for this symposium.
Since 1998 Michael has participated annually as Tutor for the Rome Term for the College of St. Thomas More in Ft. Worth, Texas, an eighteen-day intensive study of the city of Rome led by Dr. James Patrick, Chancellor of the College. The Rome Term includes extensive exposure to the Catholic churches of Rome, and it is from this that Michael’s particular love for church design and especially for the early Byzantine–inspired Christian churches of the 4th to 9th centuries was born.
Michael graduated with his M. Arch. From the University of Texas in Arlington in 1992, and in 1985 with a B.A. in Linguistics from the College of William and Mary in Virginia.
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Extending and Transforming the Tradition of Catholic Sacred Architecture
A Living Presence Steering Committee
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