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Michael Ellars

AIA, CSI, LEED AP, CASp

Expertise

  • Architecture
  • K-12 Schools
  • Retail/Mixed-Use
  • Senior Associate
Michael Ellars
  • Senior Associate

"I like to think of myself as a modern-day Renaissance man living by the words of Sir Francis Bacon: 'I have taken all knowledge to be my province.'"

Michael is a talented project architect with extensive experience in K-12 education design. He is an expert in building assessment and evaluation, documentation of existing conditions, and code analysis. He also is a Certified Access Specialist (CASp) qualified to render opinions as to the compliance of buildings and sites with the State of California codes and regulations and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) for accessibility.

Michael attended the University of Southern California (USC) School of Architecture, sparking lifelong interests in educational facilities and accessible design. He joined DLR Group in 2000 and soon began work on Panorama High School, a recipient of multiple AIA design awards. Michael regularly volunteers as an instructor for architectural licensing exams with the "NotLY" program at USC and teaches accessibility continuing education seminars for local AIA and CSI chapters.

"In retrospect, my love of LEGOs and drawing floor plans pointed towards a future in architecture."