Michael Buesing

Principal at FXCollaborative

Michael's work bridges the design and technical aspects of architecture, seamlessly translating intent to technical documentation to develop a building that is both constructible and inhabitable. With more than 25 years of experience, he is instrumental in the design and coordination of planning, interiors, code, and sustainability strategies. Seeing a project through from its inception to construction has allowed him to ensure that every vision becomes a constructed reality.

Watching the construction of his family home as a child sparked a lifelong interest in the building process, and a professor at the University of Texas at Austin introduced Michael to the idea of translating a building into technical terms. Analyzing existing buildings, in a sense deconstructing them, taught Michael and his fellow students about the individual components that make up great architecture; having to then meticulously “reconstruct” these buildings as three-dimensional models led to his deeper understanding of how these systems fit together.

Throughout Michael's practice—which encompasses residential, institutional, and corporate projects including mixed-use developments, university buildings, public schools, and interior renovations—he explores what architects can do to mitigate the impact of humans on the planet. He advocates for the research and application of advanced building enclosure technologies that lead to energy-use reduction—as well as a reassessment of existing, traditional materials. Michael is also a Studio Technical Director and leader in the firm's Team Green sustainability and Enclosures technical workgroups.

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  • Principal

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