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Michael Karnowski, Project Architect and office Furniture Craftsman, has been promoted to Senior Associate. Michael recently completed the adaptive use of three buildings in Downtown Dallas into the mixed-used Mid Elm Lofts. His team’s work was recognized by an award from Preservation Dallas. He is currently leading the project team on Grapevine Main, a mixed-use transit-oriented development in Grapevine.

In honor of his recent promotion, we sat down with Michael for a quick Q&A….

Q: Where are you from?

A: East Dallas

Q: Where did you go to school?

A: THE University of Texas

Q: Favorite Building in Dallas?

A: Meadows Building. Believe it or not, this was one of my favorite buildings in Dallas long before Architexas’ stunning restoration.

Q: First thing you did when you arrived to the office this morning?

A: Unlocked the front door and dropped Saturday’s mail at Rosa’s desk.

Q: Most interesting project you’ve worked on?

A: This is a difficult choice since I’ve worked on so many interesting projects! The Mid-Elm Lofts project was the most challenging project I have worked on; knitting together three different buildings that were built over the course of 50 years into a single modern building was a daunting (but exciting!) task. Getting to study the original Frank Lloyd Wright drawings for the Kalita Humphreys Theater and diving into the history and construction techniques of one of America’s greatest architects was also a treat!

Q: Tacos or BBQ?

A: This is not a choice I am willing to make.

Q: How many years have you been with Architexas?

A: I will celebrate my 15th anniversary with the firm in January!

Q: Hobbies?

A: In my free time (hahaha), I like to build furniture, coach 3-year old soccer, and advocate for my neighborhood.

Q: Office tool you can’t live without?

A: My feet and inches calculator

Q: First move as a Senior Associate?

A: Take an hour to celebrate and then get back to it!

Q: Must-Do in DFW?

A: Spend a lazy day at the FOE, take a Sunday morning bike ride down the Santa Fe Trail to White Rock Lake, see a show at the AllGood Cafe or Sons of Hermann Hall, explore Fair Park outside of the State Fair.