Michael Stapleton - Project Manager
Michael’s passion for architecture began with a childhood interest in old buildings and bridges. Four years spent in construction after high school provided him with solid understanding of how buildings are put together. He studied architecture at Texas Tech University where he earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree with a design focus, and then followed that up with a Master of Architecture with a project and office management focus.
Michael began his career taking a year out from undergraduate studies to do an internship at RTKL’s Dallas office, an inspirational experience that led him to focus more on building technology and project management. During grad school he worked with Rodriguez Arquitectos, a small architecture firm in Leon, Mexico, which introduced him to a different way of thinking about architecture and construction, a fascination with Mexican architecture, and a passion for the Mexican culture. He found his way to Seattle in 1995, and has worked on a variety of project types including multi-family, custom single family, commercial, and in recent years assisted care and memory care facilities. Now at Christopher Jones Architects, Michael manages our multi-family projects, and makes sure the candy bowl stays full.
When not following his passion for architecture, Michael is usually hanging out with his wife Esther, who he met during his time in Mexico, and their twelve-year-old daughter Nicole. As a family they enjoy travelling, sailing, camping, skateboarding, and baking cookies, but sometimes Michael will sneak away to go ride his motorcycle.