Michael J. Brown is a Berlin/Zurich-based architect, who co-founded NAU in 2007 and since heads its Berlin operations. He studied architecture at the University of California at Berkeley, graduating summa cum laude in 1999, before joining Studio Daniel Libeskind. During his subsequent tenure at SDL, he directed the design and construction of several award-winning cultural buildings and had a lead role in the World Trade Center “Ground Zero” competition, later in charge of the Masterplan Memorial/Cultural Team.
In 2001, he co-founded Studio Digital-Analog with Tino Schaedler at the University of Fine Arts in Berlin. This academic body studies the integration of traditional methods teaching and practice with emerging digital possibilities. He continues this theoretic research in parallel to his professional work, regularly contributing to journals and lecturing.