Join us on Thursday, July 8th for Best Practice, a virtual fireside chat series dedicated to practice operations at architecture firms and beyond. From pain points to potential, hear how leaders in the architecture and engineering industry are innovating through new business models and managerial techniques.
We’re chatting with Michael Hsu, FAIA, IIDA, NOMA, Principal, plus Maija Kreishman, AIA, Managing Partner, of Michael Hsu Office of Architecture about how they grew their award-winning office from 17 to 71 people in the past 7 years.
Michael Hsu, FAIA, IIDA is the founder and principal of Michael Hsu Office of Architecture, a fully integrated architecture and interior design firm. MHOA was founded in 2005 and has studios in Austin and Houston. Following graduation from the University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture, Hsu worked at OMA in the Netherlands before returning to Austin where he has practiced since 1998. Hsu is currently the Texas Society of Architects 2021 Austin Chapter Director, as well as a member of the University of Texas School of Architecture’s Advisory Council. He is a Past President of AIA Austin and was elevated to AIA’s College of Fellows in 2021. His firm has received numerous design awards from the Texas Society of Architects, AIA Los Angeles, IIDA Texas/Oklahoma Chapter, Heritage Society of Austin and AIA Austin – including Firm of the Year in 2016. Michael Hsu Office of Architecture was formed with the goal of producing locally engaged, design-driven architecture and interiors. The firm advocates a simple, edited design palette, using creative materials and techniques to create unexpected results. Notable projects include the Uchi family of restaurants, South Congress Hotel, Montrose Collective, MKT, LINE Austin Hotel and Shake Shack’s corporate headquarters.
Maija Kreishman, AIA, is Managing Partner at Michael Hsu Office of Architecture (MHOA), where she has been a critical member of the firm since 2007. In addition to managing a broad range of architecture and interior projects, Maija oversees strategic visioning, studio culture, operations, marketing and business development. She is leading MHOA’s recent growth into Houston, where the firm established a second office in 2018. Maija’s passion for food and travel has shaped her design perspective and developed in her a penchant for hospitality design. Prioritizing experience, her design approach seeks to engage and connect the user to a space by prompting a response to interiors, materials and furnishings. Maija holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Virginia and a Master’s in Architecture from The University of Texas at Austin, where she has also served as a guest lecturer. Maija’s notable projects include South Congress Hotel, LINE Austin, Fareground at One Eleven, and several large mixed-use projects including MKT, Montrose Collective and Heights Mercantile.
Michael Hsu Office of Architecture (MHOA) was founded by Michael Hsu, FAIA, IIDA, in 2005 in Austin to unite people through design. MHOA is a nationally award-winning, fully integrated architecture and interior design practice. The work is rooted in hospitality and placemaking and includes diverse projects that include large mixed-use developments, adaptive reuse projects, public realm design, architectural branding, single family homes, hotels, restaurants, workspaces, and bespoke furniture design. MHOA works throughout Texas and across the country in cities such as New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta and Denver. Michael Hsu Office of Architecture opened a second office in Houston in 2018 and has staff members representing our firm in Colorado and on the east coast.