Alex Michaelis established Michaelis Boyd with founding partner Tim Boyd in Notting Hill, London in 1995. Born in Paris,Alex studied science with a view to a career in medicine. A visit to Italy ignited his love of buildings and it was then that he went on to study architecture in London at the Architectural Association and Oxford Polytechnic. Upon graduation,Alex began his career at Julyan Wickham in London and Gilles Bouchez et Associes in Paris before joining John Miller and Partners. It was here that he met Tim Boyd and Michaelis Boyd was borne.Alex questions convention, pushes the boundaries of architecture and responds to the context in imaginative and creative ways. Stand out projects include Sandibe, a sustainable safari lodge in the Okavango Delta in North West Botswanaand Arijiju, a private residence set in the savanna grass lands in Borana, looking out onto Mount Kenya. Further key projects led by Alex include the development of 254 luxury loft-style apartments set within Battersea Power Station in London due for completion in 2019 and the Williamsburg Hotel in Brooklyn, New York. Alex has also led significant commercial projects for the Soho House Group including Soho House Berlin, and was instrumental in developing Soho Farmhouse in the English Oxfordshire countryside. Further private members clubs Alex has worked on include the iconic Groucho Club in London. Alex is passionate about new builds and has developed two of his own family homes, both of which have an acute awareness of location:Blythe, the most recent project is a playful and striking residence in West London, while Praa Sands is a clean and modernist design set on the Cornish cliffs. Current international projects range from a new collection of residences for the luxury Sugar Beach resort in St Lucia and Clubhouse by ZO.–a comprehensive suite of wellness, lifestyle and corporate amenities and services at Rockefeller Centre, New York.A chartered member of RIBA, Alex is a champion of sustainable architecture and as such the practice has become renowned for its creative, design-led environmentally-conscious design and building techniques.
Having worked with Solar Energy Developments, Alex later became a founding member
of the Energy Island Group and has lectured on green design in the UK and internationally