Project Description

Michael Smith-Masis
Costa Rica
Entre Nos Atelier, SAAI, Universidad Veritas

Michael graduated from Veritas School of Architecture (Hons) Costa Rica. Completed MSc in Sustainable Environmental Design at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in 2008 (Commendable), London U.K. Winner of several national and international awards such as CFIA Bienally, ALBAN scholarship for higher education (E.U.) and Archiprix international in (2007). He has worked with major architectural and urban design firms in Costa Rica. In 2009 co-founded SAAI an environmental consultancy firm with projects in Europe, Asia and America ( In 2010 co-founded Entre Nos Atelier, a social collective design workshop ( In the academy teaches and research in Universidad Veritas, Universidad de Costa Rica and Tecnológico de Monterrey. Since 2013 is Director of Collective Design Atelier at Universidad Veritas. Some relevant publications of his work are Social Housing in Costa Rica’s Warm Humid climate (ISBN-10: 3838374932), Handbook for social and sustainable nursery design for Costa Rica and among several papers. His work has been presented worldwide in events and congress such as Venice biennale, Archiprix International, PLEA, Ecobuild, MOYA Annuale among others. His work seeks to underpin a humanistic social design agenda within community empowerment, environmental awareness, sustainability and hands-on experiences based on inclusive design processes mostly developed upon low-income environments.