Michael Pyatok, FAIA
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Michael Pyatok has been an architect and professor of architectural design for 50 years. Since opening his office in 1984 in Oakland, California, he has designed over 40,000 units of housing for lower-income households, students, seniors and market rate renters and owners, in the US and abroad. He has developed participatory design methods to facilitate the involvement of a wide range of stakeholders in the process. He has helped many lower income communities plan and execute new housing, neighborhood plans and community facilities. A graduate of Pratt Institute and Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, he was also a Fulbright Scholar in Helsinki Finland earlier in his career where he researched the housing strategies of Finland. In his mid-career he returned to Harvard as a Loeb Fellow where he researched the possible strategies for non-profit housing developers in this age of shrinking government involvement. In 1995, he was elected to the AIA College of Fellows in recognition of his contribution to housing design. In 2001, Harvard appointed him its Buchsbaum Professor of Affordable Housing, and Residential Architect featured him as ‘Architect-of-the-Year’ in recognition of the design quality he brought to affordable housing.

In 2002, he was featured in Professional Builder Magazine as one of twelve “Thought Leaders” in the development industry, and in 2007 he was named by Builder Magazine as one of the 50 most influential people in the US housing industry. In 2012 he was inducted into the Marvin Design Hall of Fame and in 2013 the AIA awarded him its annual Thomas Jefferson Award for Public Architecture in recognition of his contribution to the design of affordable housing. He is now Professor Emeritus at the University of Washington in Seattle, and over the years has been invited as visiting design professor at UC Berkeley, MIT, Harvard, University of Oregon, UT at Austin, and in his earlier years served on the faculties of Washington University in St. Louis and Penn State.

He has co-authored a book called Good Neighbors: the Design of Affordable Family Housing and has published many articles about affordable housing, urban design, neighborhood planning, community participation in planning and design journals in the US, Europe, Latin America, Southeast Asia and Japan. He has an upcoming book titled Architecture, Housing and Capitalism to be released this year.


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