Michael Kothke

Associate Professor of Practice in Architecture

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MICHAEL'S PANEL DISCUSSION: Make Every Drop Count: Kirk Dimond, Aletheia Ida and Michael Kothke

What can architecture and landscape architecture research and design practices in the Sonoran Desert teach us about environmentally sensitive built spaces across the globe? How can we build smarter and in alignment with the natural world to minimize our impact? Moderated by John Malmborg. 


Michael Kothke is a licensed architect with over 20 years of experience as a designer and project-architect. He has contributed to award winning projects for architectural firms in Canada and the United States, including the offices of Patkau Architects, Peter Cardew Architects, Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects, Skidmore Owings and Merrill (SOM) and Rick Joy Architects. Michael has also been an advocate for sustainable design, working with private development firms in Tucson to implement green building practices and deliver sustainable residential infill solutions to Southern Arizona. Michael is a principal at HK Associates Inc., 2019 Golden Novum Design Award for Barrio Historico House.

Michael holds a Master of Architecture degree from Dalhousie University. He is a Lecturer at the University of Arizona College of Architecture, Planning & Landscape Architecture, and is the Coordinator of the Arc401 and Arc102 foundation studios as well as the Internship and IDP coordinator.

Research and Expertise

Spanning a broad range of project types and scales, Michael's research is rooted in architectural design and the coordinative and collaborative processes that it requires. Building on Michael's passion for drawing and graphic communication, his work reflects a commitment to a high level of rigor and execution that utilizes both hand and digital methodologies to communicate with multiple disciplines and synthesize building systems, construction assemblies, and programmatic and performance requirements.

As a studio instructor, Michael's priority is to critically engage students and their projects at the intersection of thinking and making as the foundation for broader design exploration.