Specialist Spotlight: Mike Anderson, AIA, NCARB
- January 16, 2019
- Multi-Family Architecture, People, Spotlight, Utah Architects
Meet our Housing Architecture Specialist
Mike Anderson, newly promoted to Associate Architect, has long been involved with housing. In fact, he helped build homes for a building contractor before entering the architecture industry.
“When I went to architecture school, we designed a single-family residence for a Navajo family in the Four Corners area,” Mike relates. “They lived in a one-room Hogan prior to that. That helped me re-think the varied ways people view housing, depending on their cultures and beliefs.”
When he joined CMA in 2001, housing architecture projects came at a blistering pace. Mike laughs, “It seemed like we did a townhome development per week.” While new ways of designing and building are always evolving, the demand for more traditional townhomes and apartments has shifted to higher density mixed-use developments with residential above and parking and retail below. “With changing demographics, apartments and senior oriented communities with high-amenity spaces in close proximity to transit hubs are more popular, too,” says Mike.
Mike and the rest of the housing team separate themselves from the competition with a simple solution: showing the client exactly what they’ll get. “3D walkthroughs, VR walkthroughs and links to stereoscopic views have helped ‘sell’ a property to their potential clients,” Mike begins. “With the Rockpoint development, we gave clients a tour of the leasing room, into the clubhouse, and a look over the pool deck to the greenbelt. We were able to take a ‘leasing walk’ virtually with the client before the project was ever built, simulating what a potential tenant would experience as part of their leasing sequence.”
Mike’s passion for construction, coupled with the creative use of 3D video, help clients see their return on investment.