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Michael Emmanuel “Mike” Willis

MIKE WILLIS- (June 1969)

Michael E. Willis received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Washington University in 1973. He received a Master of Architecture and a Master of Social Work from Washington University in 1976. He founded his own company, MWA Architects in San Francisco in 1988.  He has served as Principal on numerous large public projects including the Oakland International Airport Terminal 1 Rehabilitation and Central Utility Plant.  He was Associate Architect on the San Francisco International Airport Terminal II and is part of the Joint Venture team for the new international terminal. He was Principal-in-Charge of architectural design of the $110 million MUNI Metro Light Rail Vehicle Maintenance & Operations Facility, Milbrae BART station and renovations of several BART transit stations, the high-rise work force housing the 125 Mason Street apartments and the expansion of San Francisco’s convention center.

He  was the first black president of the American Institute of Architects and was elevated to Fellowship in 1996. Michael has served on several committees and as chair of juror for national AIA Regional and Urban Design awards. He is registered in Missouri as well as several other states and holds NCARB (National Council of Architectural Registration Boards) certification. He received the 2010 Design of Excellence Citation National Organization of Minority Architects. He also received the 2010 Gold Award from Building of America.

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