MASH ARKT is an on going experiment and testing ground. It is a theoretical architectural practice that floats between the real and the perceived. It's guide is Michael Ashley, who is an architect registered in New York where he spends most of his time as a Principal and Design lead with Studio Daniel Libeskind. Here Michael is granted the opportunity of working closely with Daniel and other talented professionals on international projects of all scales and typologies. Michael believes that architecture is the making of possibilities.
Born in 1974 in California, Michael enjoyed music and the arts and was embedded with a passion for nature and the outdoors. He was trained on the classical piano for 14 years and was an aggressive drummer in several bands during his youth. In 1997 Michael received a Bachelors in Architecture from Andrews University in Michigan and a Masters in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University in New York in 2006. He interned in Berlin, and has worked all over the globe while based in California and New York. Beyond this, Michael pursues this theoretical practice, MASH-ARKT engaging in the spirit of perception through architectural competition, object making, travelling and writing. Michael has also been a guest critic at Columbia University, The Pratt Institute, Parsons New School of Design, NYIT, United Nations International School, among others and speaks publicly about Architecture.