Mike Celebrates 20 Years!
Mike Anderson, Associate Architect
We’re excited to mark a major work anniversary for Mike Anderson. It was November 2000 when he joined Curtis Miner Architecture (CMA) as a drafter while finishing his early college education. Just a year before, CMA had opened its first office in Orem and the young team was working on the American Heritage School, the firm’s debut project. The drafter position offered a platform for Mike as he pursued and finished other educational and professional advancements within the field of architecture.
Mike has observed many changes within CMA and the architectural design and construction industry over the course of 20 years. He marvels at how collaboration in early design between the design team and builder has become the norm. He’s also seen the impact of technology in daily work. “The days of blueprints and nearly all two-dimensional design and physical models are long gone,” he recounts. “Today, technological advancements enhance our design workflow where client/contractor virtual tours, 3D printed models, and delivery methods continue to evolve and impact our ability to better visualize our designs.”
With Utah’s perpetual growth and the firm’s opportunities to work on projects all over the world, Mike respects CMA’s commitment to Utah’s community development. “Decisions related to business development and growth are thoughtfully based on what is in the best interest of our employees and their families,” explains Mike. “There has always been a focus on being the best at our professional craft while maintaining perspective on the greater role we play as members of both local and global communities.”
The shift to remote work hasn’t greatly disrupted the way Mike approaches his job. The efficiencies of screen share conference calls have been a part of Mike’s workflow for many years and he has enjoyed seeing the ways the greater population has shifted to communicating and collaborating.
While the pandemic has presented challenges with balancing his family’s ever-changing school schedules, Mike managed to spend some time driving the Overseas Highway from Miami to Key West, taking time to snorkel in parts of ancient coral reef, sample new foods, and experience the local culture and architecture.
When he considers the changes that may take place in the next five years, Mike envisions the “Minecraft” builders of virtual worlds and environments coming of age and beginning to engage and communicate in the 3D world of architecture. We’re confident Mike will be mentoring and challenging those young builders to bridge the gaps between design and reality.