Michael Poris

Michael Poris has spent much of his professional life championing the revitalization of his hometown. Dedicated to a resurgent 21st-century Detroit. Poris received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Michigan, and Masters in Architecture at SCI-Arc in Los Angeles.

During the 80's Michael worked at firms on the east and west coasts including Cesar Pelli & Associates, and Morphosis Architects, but chose to return to Detroit in 1994 with a desire to make a difference in his hometown, determination to renew Detroit’s iconic buildings and neighborhoods, and a sense that Detroit was where young architects should practice. Since 1995, Michael has helped save some Detroit's 20th–century landmark buildings including the Park Shelton Tower, 220 unit Residential conversion, the Eureka Building, and the Park Avenue Historic District. Michael has also created master plans for Detroit's Broadway District, North Corktown, Michigan Central Depot, and Mies van der Rohe's Lafayette Park.

Other projects include the 90 unit low income Genesis Villas, the Garden Theater adaptive reuse and 61 apartment units now under construction in Midtown Detroit, and the Madison Theater adaptive reuse. He's worked with numerous CDC's throughout Detroit since 1995. Michael Poris is a member of AIA Detroit's Urban Priorities committee, AIA Detroit and AIA Michigan Board of Directors, the Heidelberg Project, Architectural Salvage Warehouse, Cranbrook Academy Art Museum Committee, and served for 10 years on the Board of Trustees of the Southern California Institute of Architecture from 2001 to 2011. He was a founding board member of The Museum of New Art Detroit, and advisor to Preservation Wayne since 1995.


Unique Vision / Unique Possibilities / Extraordinary Places

Project Vision Absorbed through Dialogue

Our clients are both passionate and opinionated. They are comfortable leaders and expect to be involved in decision making. Collaborating with our clients is the only way to co-create their unique place, planned according to their schedule and budget.

Possibilities Conceived through Diverse Thinking,
International Curiosity, & Intuition

Everything looks different when you work with McIntosh Poris Associates. Project context, site history and global influence all are weaved-in to future possibilities.

Each Scenario Deserves a Fresh Approach

Our clients are not ordinary, and they do not want ordinary projects. Each project is an expression of our clients. Whether we are designing for a typical, or an unusual space, our designs are never typical.

The Results

Since 1994, McIntosh Poris has provided architectural and interior designs for residential, commercial and adaptive reuse projects. We have been published in over 100 publications locally, nationally, and internationally. Our work has received over 90 design awards, including 16 American Institute of Architecture Honor Awards, 68 Detroit Home Awards, 4 ASID Awards, and 3 Historic Preservation Awards. In 2008, the readers of Detroit Home magazine named Michael Poris the Best Architect in Metro Detroit.