Job Role: Associate Director
Michael is an Associate Director and is one of the longest serving members of staff at DLA. With the Group for over 30 years, Mike has, over recent years, specialised in Sports and Leisure projects, including sports stadia and arena development, for clients in the football, rugby, cricket and athletics sectors.
His role also includes Urban Design and masterplanning roles, and providing feasibility studies and design solutions from inception to Planning Approval. His role includes extensive liaison with other design consultants, local authorities, public bodies and the general public.
Over the years he has gained experience in the design and masterplanning of sports, leisure and entertainment buildings and he is most proud to have worked on schemes for Headingley Stadium, Kiev Olympic Stadium and Manchester Arena.
My Favourite Project: One of the most memorable and challenging projects has been the redevelopment of Headingley Stadium. We first put pen to paper on the masterplanning of Headingley with Paul Cadddick way back in 1995, and in the past 20 or so years we have seen the gradual implementation of the phasing of both the cricket and rugby stadiums, ending with the current south stand replacement and the huge North / South Stand.
Michael’s current interests? Watching Leeds United since 1967 – through the good times and the bad. The early James Bond films, and the books. (Possibly my Mastermind subject). We have two lovely dogs, Winnie and Nora, and I am taking horse riding lessons – something way outside my comfort zone, and still very apprehensive about.
Favourite Design / Building:
His favourite building (at the moment) is St Nicholas' Church in the Lesser Quarter of Prague, as Mike says ''Over the top? Yes, totally. But a wonderful space to just stand and gaze. Brilliant.''