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Michele L. Van Hyfte AIA, LEED AP, BD+C

Sustainable Design Leader, Resiliency
"As leaders of the built environment, we have the unique responsibility to champion of sustainable design and create an innovative future."

Based in Austin, Michele is HOK’s regional sustainability leader for Texas and a firmwide leader in resiliency. With over 25 years of professional experience, she brings a distinctive combination of expertise in architecture, urban design, sustainability and resilience.

As a registered architect in Texas, Michele is a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and is a LEED Accredited Professional. She serves as an advisory council member and the local climate impacts strategic council chairperson of the Urban Land Institute’s (ULI) Austin District Council and is the president of the board of directors of the Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems.

Michele has a distinguished history of advocacy and public speaking, which has positioned her as a central figure in sustainable development and policy dialogue. Recognized as a community thought leader, she has received several accolades, including the John V. Nyfeler, FAIA, Community Service Award in 2018 and the Young Architectural Professional of the Year Award in 2004 from the AIA Austin Chapter. She is a 2007 graduate of Leadership Austin and has also been an active participant in various community organizations dedicated to environmental conservation and sustainable urban planning.

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