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Michael LaForte  AIGA, SEGD

Full-time Lecturer

MFA, Sculpture, Cranbrook Academy of Art

BSD, Architecture, Arizona State University

Lecturer LaForte joined the Department of Design in the Fall of 2010. He also leads the design of our department website and in 2011 he became Faculty-in-Residence with the university where he mentors students across the university in all areas of study.

As a supplement to his classroom instruction he has streamable video tutorials of the perspective drawing and rendering systems. Videos are available to all and can be found at As well, you can subscribe his Youtube channel LaForte Daily Demos.

Michael is also the Principal of Studio LaForte and Art Director at Gallagher Projects, an architecture and design practice in Culver City. Studio LaForte is a multi-disciplinary creative design lab with work ranging from graphic design, branding and identity to architectural investigations; from character design to investigative sculpture, conceptual performance, and theatrical performance. Clients include private practices in architecture and he regularly provides design services for non-profit organizations.

He has been the Art Director for leading architecture and design firms including Rafael Viñoly Architects, Perkins Eastman Architects, and Ehrenkrantz Eckstut & Kuhn Architects. Early in his career he worked with Jones Studio Architects in Phoenix, Arizona, McIntosh Poris Architects in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, and SOM in New York. Working with multi-disciplinary teams, he has designed compelling visual presentations, proposal submissions for highly competitive international projects, brochure collateral, exhibitions and environmental graphics. He has been a guest critic at OTIS, USC, RISD, Pratt, and RPI.

LaForte has also had an independent art practice exploring the boundaries of art, architecture, and design.

His work has been shown throughout the US and in Argentina where he spent a year in residency.

His work is in a number of private collections including the Norton Family Foundation Collection.