Michael A. Nieminen has over 30 years of experience as a designer, programmer, and manager of planning and architectural projects. He has programmed over 10 million square feet of new and renovated space. His innovative and analytical programming and planning techniques focus on utilization of existing space, shared space, and flexible multi-use space strategies. His work has been recognized as one of the fundamental acts of sustainability: making better use of what we have and building more efficient new buildings. His recent projects include the master plan and renovation of The Spence School in New York City; the New Academic Building at SUNY College at Old Westbury; and the renovation of Welch Hall at The Rockefeller University. Michael is Co-Chair of the AIA/CAE Sub-Committee for Higher Education. He has lectured at the AIA National Convention, AIA / CAE Learning Environments Conference; and Society of College and University Planning. He received a Bachelor of Environmental Design from The University of Florida and a Master of Architecture from North Carolina State University School of Design.