Michelle Kaufmann, AIA, LEED AP, is an architect, designer and advocate for smarter ways to design, build and live. Her mission with all of her work is to make thoughtful, sustainable design accessible. With her firm, Michelle Kaufmann Studio, she specializes in sustainable lifestyle design including single family homes, eco-luxury resorts, and multi-family communities.
She was the founder of Michelle Kaufmann Designs, a design/build company that led the movement of prefabricated green homes. The firm was given the 2008 TOP FIRM AWARD by Residential Architect. Michelle has been called "the Henry Ford of green homes" by the Sierra Club and was named "2009 Green Advocate of the Year" by the National Association of Home Builders, was included in Business 2.0 magazine's list of "100 People Who Matter Now," and was listed as one of the "The Green 50" by INC magazine. She has been featured on the Sundance Channel, HGTV, Discovery, and Planet Green and in numerous magazines including Town+Country, Dwell, Sunset, Time, and the Smithsonian.
Michelle received her undergraduate degree from Iowa State University, and her Masters from Princeton University and has been a lecturer and keynote speaker for numerous events; prior to founding Michelle Kaufmann Designs, Michelle was an Associate with Frank O. Gehry.