Michael is an experienced urban planner and design architect with significant experience in the resort and tourism market. His work over the past ten years has included architecture and planning projects including Red Sky Ranch Member + Guest Clubhouses (Eagle County, CO); Ritz-Carlton Residences, Vail; and a new base ski village for Breckenridge Mountain Resort, in Colorado. Serving as a preservation planning consultant to the New York City Department of City Planning, he completed work on design guidelines and signage recommendations for the Coney Island Redevelopment Master Plan, Brooklyn, NY. He also worked on large scale planning projects overseas in Abu Dhabi and Monaco. Prior architectural experience includes the Doubletree Hotel, Tarrytown, NY (2005); and the Parker Meridien Hotel / Spa / Conference Center, Palm Springs, CA (2004).
Michael received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from Pratt Institute (1986), and a Master of Science in City and Regional Planning, with a Preservation Planning certification, also from Pratt Institute (2006). Michael has served on the board of The Doo Wop Preservation League, in Wildwood, NJ since 2003. The organization’s educational mission is to foster awareness of the popular culture and imagery of the 1950's and 1960's, and to promote the preservation of the largest collection of Doo Wop (mid-century modern) resort architecture found in the United States. In this role he wrote the “How to Doo Wop”, handbook of design guidelines for the Wildwood Hotel/Motel District. He was also involved in the research of the Chateau Bleu Motel, for its nomination to the New Jersey State Register of Historic Places, now a National Landmark motel. Mr. Hirsch is also a board member of the Society for Commercial Archeology, established in 1977, the SCA is the oldest national organization devoted to the buildings, artifacts, structures, signs, and symbols of the 20th –century commercial landscape. Mr. Hirsch has received A.I.A. and A.P.A. awards for his urban planning/community design work.