Ubuilt Project: Conceptual design of low income housing completed by Michael Ford.
Project Completed By: Hamilton Anderson Associates
As a design team member at Hamilton Anderson Associates in Detroit, Michigan, Michael Ford worked on the design and construction documents for Dow Chemical Company Founders Garden.
The 47 building site is the historic grounds of one of Herbert Dow’s original laboratories and office, and the long time location of The Dow Chemical Company’s World Headquarters. The location of the site relative to downtown Midland, the Tittabawasee River, Dow Chemical’s Michigan operations, and the new minor league baseball stadium, provides the opportunity to enhance the existing network of open spaces, while highlighting the distinct contributions made to the community and the world of chemical engineering.
The design develops the site as a passive, commemorative space that makes a statement about the Company’s heritage and legacy. Native granite boulders gradually emerge from the earth to form five walls leading to the bluff above the river. They symbolize the bond between chemistry and humanity. A pathway along the top of the bluff reveals five walls one at a time. Secondary paths frame diamond-shaped spaces to create an ‘Idea Garden’ where exhibits, events and displays can take place. Rows of fruit trees reflect Dow’s personal passion for orchards and horticulture, and plantings of pines recall the heritage of Midland and times when Dow would “walk through the pines” to solve problems and contemplate ideas.
Michigan Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects
Honor Award, 2012
National Organization of Minority Architects
Citation Award, 2012
Louisiana Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects
Honor Award, 2013
Gateway of Pacific
Project By: Flad Architects
Michael Ford worked on the design and construction documents of The Gateway of The Pacific project located in San Fransico, Califronia.
Project complted by: Hamilton Anderson Associates.
Michael Ford, as a member of a design team while employed at Hamilton Anderson Associates worked on the WCCCD Northwest Campus from conceptual Design to Construction Administration. A new classroom building for Wayne County Community College District located in Detroit, Michigan. This LEED Platinum building includes a green roof, bio-retention basin, storm water retention a geothermal wall and a green roof to name of few green strategies.
The project has won a number of awards including a2014 AIA Michigan Design Award.
Michael Ford created a limited edition modern furniture line "Remixed" based on Detroit clothing design Al Wissam's high stitch count leather designs.
Project Completed by: Hamilton Anderson Associates
As a project team member at Hamilton Anderson Associates in Detroit, Michigan, Michael Ford worked on The Louis Armstrong Park and Congo Square project in New Orleans. The city of New Orleans’ fabled Congo Square is a rich historic site and a former gathering place for 18th century slaves. Located in the greater Louis Armstrong Park, this project was developed with the city of New Orleans to highlight its heritage and culture. The interpretive plaza celebrates six key contributors, linking them together through design elements and the creation of a vibrant public space. The project is located in Louis Armstrong Park, a 29.23-acre regional park housing vital cultural resources such as the Municipal Auditorium, Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts, the National Jazz Historical Park, and Congo Square – a historic and rare gathering place for 18th century slaves.
The park provides an interpretive “journey” through New Orleans’ history and culture, while creating educational and cultural opportunities for families. This project provides professional design services to lead the Commemorative Plaza Project from design concept to implementation within a 15-month design-through-construction schedule.
Worked on project as a design team member at Hamilton Anderson Associates in Detroit, Michigan.
The Luxor Resort and Casino constructed a new box office, theater entrance and retail store for Cirque du Soleil’s newest permanent Las Vegas attraction, Criss Angel’s Believe. Working as the project’s Interior Designer of Record, our team created an inspiring, contemporary design focused on: presence within the casino, visitor experience and functional efficiencies. The 14,750-square foot renovation included the theatre’s entry corridors, restrooms and bar.
Walking past the box office lobby, visitors enter a space that captures the mystical style of the Criss Angel / Cirque du Soleil production. Having immersed himself in the training of various art forms, from performance art to mystification to provocation, Criss Angel’s relentless work ethic combined with his talent, skill and vision has made him one of the most provocative artists of our day. To further his mystique, Criss joined forces with Cirque du Soleil to create what is destined to become one of the most exciting shows Las Vegas has ever seen.
Project Completed by: Hamilton Anderson Associates.
As an employee of Hamilton Anderson Associates, Michael Ford worked on the conceptual design for the new library at Grand Valley State University addresses challenging building access and grading considerations while providing informal gathering and student spaces. With the goal of achieving a LEED Platinum rating, the site design incorporates rain gardens, cisterns for irrigation and overland water flow through sculptural rivulets that highlight the site’s innovative storm water handling as an educational tool. Universal design considerations inform the design for access to the building where steep grade changes and multi-level access points present challenges and design opportunities.
This project was completed as an employee in conjunction with a design team at Hamilton Anderson Associates.
Wisconsin State Lab of Hygiene
As an employee of Flad Architects, Michael Ford worked on The Wisconsin State Lab of Hygiene from conceptual design to construction documentation and represented Flad during throughout the construction administration process.
Public Health and agricultural laboratory facility provides the necessary space to strategically co-locate the Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection with Wisconsin State Lab of Hygiene.
Project completed as a team member and employee of Flad Architects.
Project completed by: Flad Architects.
Michael Ford, as a member of a design team while employed at Flad Architects worked on the Jenkins Labrartory Addition.
Conceptual imagery produced for a hip hop arts community center with an interior constructed of reclaimed materials, primarily wood floor planks. The highlight of the space is the central gathering area which is highlighted by an interactive graffiti wall made of rotating reclaimed wood floor planks.
3DS Max - VRay Render - Photoshop. Original model concept from www.evermotion.com.
New Orleans Stoop House
‘Stoop as the social middle ground’
Michael Ford, as a member of a design team while employed at Hamilton Anderson Associates worked on the New Orleans Stoop House Design Competition.
The porch is a critical space for residents of New Orleans. Analogous to the traditional public forum, but built to a more intimate scale, the New Orleans ‘stoop’ functions on multiple scales. Residents use their stoop to obtain relief from the oppressive summer heat, socialize with neighbors and friends, and maintain security in the neighborhood.
As a symbol of public discourse, however, the stoop is becoming an endangered space. Newly constructed homes are being designed and constructed to a levels at least 7’ above existing street elevation. Similarly, designated existing homes are being lifted to the new flood plain datum. While these elevational shifts attempt to resolve future flood issues, the simple change in stoop height produces severe physical and social disconnections within the communities. By disrupting the existing neighborhood fabric, we could be eliminating the very sense of community that defines New Orleans’ iconic wards and neighborhoods.
Our design concept addresses this issue by conceptually breaking down the front portion of the home into a series of cascading public spaces, each with varying elevations above the existing street infrastructure. We propose to occupy the interstitial space (the stoop) between the sidewalk and the elevated porch, thereby creating the necessary physical space for community interaction. Our design strives to solve ‘elevated living’, once again opening up dialogue amongst community members, regardless of their height above sea level.
The design also directly opens traditionally public functions to the front of the home and the stoop, further reinforcing the connection to community.
This competition was completed as a part of a design team while at Hamilton Anderson Associates in Detroit, Michigan.