Michael is a registered architect and director of Studio Zanardo, an independent consultancy that specialises in urban design and the design of housing, particularly social and affordable housing.
He actively combines his practice with teaching and research. His doctorate investigated the architecture of pre-World War II State workers’ housing in Sydney. Michael is the co-author of the Affordable Housing Sydney Architecture Guide Map published in 2019.
Michael is an outspoken advocate for good amenity in denser forms of housing and champions design quality for the public domain. He is motivated by the opportunity to improve people’s lives through the shaping of the built environment and believes it is a true privilege to serve people and communities through design.