Growing up in Iowa, Michelle Kaufmann developed a deep understanding of the relationship between humankind and the environment. As an architect, designer and advocate for smarter ways to design, build and live, her mission is to make thoughtful, sustainable design accessible. Her firm, Michelle Kaufmann Studio, specializes in sustainable lifestyle design including single family homes, eco-luxury resorts, and multi-family communities.
Called ‘the Henry Ford of green homes’ by the Sierra Club and named ‘2009 Green Advocate of the Year’ by the National Association of Home Builders, Michelle has been featured on Sundance Channel, HGTV, Discovery and Planet Green and in numerous magazines including Town+Country, Dwell, Sunset, Time and The Smithsonian, and was included in Business 2.0’s list of ‘100 People Who Matter Now.’
Michelle received her undergraduate degree from Iowa State University, her Masters from Princeton University, and was an Associate with Frank O. Gehry prior to forming Michelle Kaufmann Designs, a leader in the design/build of prefabricated green homes that was given the 2008 TOP FIRM AWARD by Residential Architect.