I'm afraid of heights

But then… I Do love challenges.

When I did my first skydive, it was a strange first few seconds seeing the plane disappear. Wasn’t I supposed to be on the inside?

I had been waiting for 6 days. Cancelling jump after jump and the rain kept on coming. I knew I had one last change before I had to continue my trip down south to Wellington, NZ. I woke up, couldn’t believe my eyes. Blue sky, no wind. Perfect conditions. Persistence and patience had yet again payed off, I knew I wanted this, and literally reach new heights. It is one of the most intense feelings of freedom I have ever encountered.

Testimonials

The only thing which could possibly make this project better, is to build it. There is nothing else to do. The research is rigorous, the documentary thorough, and the translation from the abstractions to the implemented spaces clear.
Enric Ruiz-Geli, Unit Master Diploma Unit 18, The Architectural Association, Juror 5th Year Diploma Committee

I can honestly say Michael has been the best performing architectural assistant Stylt has ever had.
Erik Nissen Johansen, Creative Director & Founder, Stylt Trampoli

I think we should all just stop commenting this project and pause, and congratulate Michael in how far he has taken this project to this date.
John Palmesino, Unit Master Diploma Unit 4, The Architectural Association, Juror 4th Review

Michael has shown a great level of commitment and seriousness in his approach. It has been very good to have someone like Michael in the unit, who works and draws in an equally competent manner with an equal level of work ethic. Therefore, I would give Michael my strongest recommendations.
Kostas Grigoriadis, Dip 2 Unit Master, the Architectural Association

I have never liked architecture which tells me how to feel. But... you fully convinced me [in the Stateless Comedy] and brought me to the other side.
Maria Shéhérazade Giudici, Tutor Diploma Unit 14, The Architectural Association, Juror 5th Year Diploma Committee

Michael is very competent, ambitious and thorough and shows big capability to work and developed concepts. He is a very open, social and friendly person and is very valued by both employees and management. It is therefore with great pleasure that I give Michael my highest recommendations.
Hanna Björklund, HR Manager, Stylt Trampoli

This is one of the best and most important projects I have seen in years.
John Palmesino, Unit Master Diploma Unit 4, The Architectural Association, Juror 5th Review

Michael's understanding of architecture, ability to formulate immaterial values and communicating them to others is truly impressive. Quite frankly, Michael is one of the most talented students I have ever had the privilege of working with.
Emma Richardsdotter Tollig, Partner, RCARK Arkitekter, B.Sc.-thesis tutor

To me 100% is not a goal, but rather a good start.

Prephase

No matter context, I engage fully and thus notice needs and gaps often forgotten or ignored. Being an Architect goes beyond drawing and formulating the building. It is a longterm investment in social structures, personal experiences, collective strengths and of course economical incentives. It is a chance of possibilities we cannot afford to over waste.

Comment

With that said I am not a fan of rules. The World changes faster than ever, and regardless of which report you read it can only give you one guarantee: the future will continue to accelerate. In my eyes this is an exciting reality which poses endless opportunities. With the increasing pace, the complexity of our societies naturally grows as well and asks for projects corresponding to this constantly changing reality. The only way to do to this is to foster a future approach of seamless trans-disciplinary solutions. What happens in this position is that it allows for a more comprehensible response which is not only adaptive and responsive, but reflecting the multilayered – and in relation to the future unknown – usage of the structure. Hence, it creates a response of the correlate – longevity, high quality, durability and sustainability.

This is my approach, this is my position. I was born like this and I have fostered it as a student, professional athlete, friend and colleague. It is irrelevant if I would be standing on the starting block waiting for the starting signal to go off or if I would be at the studio or talking to a client. I am there to address the needs and possibilities, to go further than ever imagined and to leave with a positive impact. With this approach, 100% cannot be a goal, it would be a loss before you have even started. We need to reach much further, somewhere we cannot yet imagine.

Awards

2015 / Architectural Association / London / UK
Granted a bursary for my fifth year as a combined result of my academic achievements during my first year of the Architectural Association.

2015 / HTA Academic Scholarship / Sweden
Award granted by Helsingborg's Trade Association for my fifth year as a combined result of my academic achievements during my first year of the Architectural Association.

2015 / Academic Scholarship / Sweden
Award granted by Wilhelm och Martina Lundgrens Vetenskapsfond for my fifth year as a combined result of my academic achievements during my first year of the Architectural Association.

2014 / Carl Jönsson Academic Scholarship / Sweden
Award granted by the Carl Jönsson Foundation for my academic results leading to admission at the Architectural Association.

2014 / HTA Academic Scholarship / Sweden
Award granted by Helsingborg's Trade Association for my academic results leading to admission at the Architectural Association.

2014 / RAFA Academic Scholarship / Sweden
Award granted by The Royal Academy of Fine Arts for my academic results leading to admission at the Architectural Association.

2014 / The AAA Academic Scholarship / Sweden
Award granted by the AAA Foundation for my academic results leading to admission at the Architectural Association.

2014 / ARB/RIBA Part 1 Exemption / London / UK
Granted RIBA Part 1 Exemption for my academic results (B.Sc. Arch) at Chalmers University of Technology and professional experience at Stylt Trampoli.

2013 / Carl Larsson Scholarship / Gothenburg / Sweden
As a result of my commitment to my architecture studies, I became the first undergraduate ever to be nominated and selected to the highly respected Carl Larsson Scholarship. The Carl Larsson Foundation annually grants the scholarship to a high achieving and promising graduate student within an artistic field, in memory of one of Sweden’s most respected artists in modern time. The scholarship cannot be applied for.

2007 / Best Poster Presentation / Beijing / China
International Pharmaceutical Federation

2007 / Most Important Study / Beijing / China
International Pharmaceutical Federation

2007 / The Intl. Pharmaceutical Federation World Congress / Beijing / China
Youngest participant ever and the first without higher education to ever be invited.
Sponsored by Apoteket AB, Lions Helsingborg and Olympiaskolan.

2000 – 2008 / National Swimming Championships / Sweden
Several medals, championship and national records from the Swedish National Youth-, Junior- and Senior Championships.

Publications

Featured in AA Book: Projects Review 2016, Bedford Press, London, 2016

Medicine-taking behaviour and drug-related problems in adolescents of a Swedish high school., Pharm World Sci. - 2008 Jun;30(3):243-50. Epub 2007 Nov 6.

Trust Posts

2012-2013 / Project leader Arkipelago Denmark & Norway

2011-2013 / Chairman Business Committee CTH Arch.

2010-2013 / Chairman Arkipelago Gothenburg

2010-2013 / Project Leader Arkipelago Sverige

2010-2013 / Founder Arkipelago Sweden & Arkipelago Gothenburg

2011 / Chairman A- & AT-styret (Student Board Chalmers Architecture)