Michaela MacLeod received her Masters of Architecture (2005) and her Bachelor of Environmental Studies (2001) from the University of Waterloo. Her thesis received a commendation in addition to the Ontario’s Architects Association Guild Medal Award. After the completion of her thesis, she continued her academic research with funding from Canada Council’s Prix de Rome for Emerging Practitioners grant.
She has worked for various architecture offices internationally in London, New York and Toronto before founding Polymétis, an architecture studio located in Toronto. The projects focus on making and experimental production, combining manual and digital techniques with natural and synthetic materials. Technologically and sustainably-minded, each project is approached with a blend of manual and digital skills that inspire new fields of exploration, which is core to the studio’s ethos. The aim is to create works that are thoughtful, engaging and beautiful.
Most recently two of the studio’s temporary installations were presented in Canada; Pink Punch at the Jardin des Métis International Garden Festival and Pink Punch v.2 Handle with Care at the Scotiabank Nuit Blanche Arts Festival. Also, the project Sedum Seating will be presented at the Market Street Urban Prototyping Festival in San Francisco in April 2015.