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Michael Quinn, FAIA

Senior Principal

Michael Quinn’s sense of design excellence developed from his study of the best architecture of the past and the balance of order, surprise, decoration and emotional response. “A community’s culture and identity are reflected in the history of its buildings,” he notes, “and one of our goals is to help clients grow as stewards of their buildings for the future.” 

“We succeed when we give back to our clients buildings that not only respect their context,” he adds, “but are also unique spaces that our clients’ communities can take pride in today, and moving forward.” Mr. Quinn’s personal interests include sailing, travel, woodturning, furniture making, and working on mechanical devices. With a second degree in zoology, he is also fascinated by the study of nature and how bio-mimicry can influence architecture and planning.


 Joined QEA in 1984


  • University of Michigan, Master of Architecture, 1974;
  • University of Michigan, B.S., 1969
  • University of Copenhagen, Denmark, International Studies Program in Architecture, 1974

For many of our clients, success is less about architecture, and more about what the building means in their daily lives.