Michael Belleau Bio

Michael grew up on Main Street in Orono Maine playing basketball, eating Pat’s pizza, and sneaking into the UMO field house. Later, as a fisherman on a dragger out of Cape Cod, he developed a love of entanglement with the natural world and its rhythms. After studying architecture in Boston and London, Michael returned to work in Maine where he designed, among other projects, the award-winning fire station at Bangor International Airport. He opened his own office in Portland focusing on simple and sustainable solutions to residential projects for a time before joining Knickerbocker Group.

Michael teaches theory at the University of Maine Augusta and has taught building , urban, and sustainable design at the college level. He has published many articles in the Portland Press Herald on urban design in Maine. Michael is a Certified Passive House Designer, the world’s most adopted non mechanical-dependent low energy use standard.

A fourth generation Mainer, he is committed to moving Maine forward by designing buildings expressing regional materials, contemporary space, and sustainable science as well as enhancing our village atmosphere through walkable centers. His family lives in Portland where he enjoys running, electric bass, teaching basketball footwork and IPAs.

For more on Michael’s “Poetry of Place” approach, visit here.