Who We Are

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Michael Ford, Co-Founder

the hop hop architect

Michael Ford is a designer, born and raised in the city of Detroit. Ford received his Masters of Architecture degree from the University of Detroit Mercy (UDM), where he completed his graduate thesis titled “Hip Hop Inspired Architecture and Design.” He has worked as a designer at Hamilton Anderson Associates located in Detroit, Mich. and as an adjunct professor at his alma mater. Ford has also worked as a designer at Flad Architects located in Madison, Wisc.

Ford has spent the past decade working to blur the lines between professional practice and academia. He is dedicated to stimulating cross disciplinary discourse between practitioners and residents on the sociological and cultural implications of architecture and urban planning on its inhabitants. Through various publications and lectures titled “Hip Hop Architecture”, Ford has unveiled the subconscious roles of historical architectural figures such as architect LeCorbusier and planner Robert Moses in envisioning the built environments which necessitated the birth of hip hop culture.

Ford’s Hip Hop Architecture lecture tour has included stops at Harvard's Graduate School of Design, University of Illinois Urbana - Champaign School of Architecture, University of Detroit Mercy’s School of Architecture, Syracuse University School of Architecture and University of Wisconsin Milwaukee's School of Architecture and Urban Planning.