July 22, 2020
Michael Mann is known for his one-liners and clever wit. His focused personality allows him to assist clients through all the stages of building design and construction in a positive manner. His expertise and design talents make him a key player on our team. His love for travel makes him the resident “travel agent” at the office. When he isn’t researching his next trip, he enjoys gardening, spending time with his wife and two young kids, or enjoying a giant drink from Milo’s.
1. What are the top three most used apps on your phone?
Twitter, Stitcher, and (all of a sudden for some reason) Zoom.
2. If you could travel anywhere, where would you go and why?
The Greek Islands. My wife and I traveled there for our honeymoon and visited Santorini, Mykonos, and Paros. We’ve always dreamed about going back.
3. What makes TURNERBATSON so special?
The leadership at TURNERBATSON is second to none. They instill a humble approach to doing whatever is necessary to exceed the client’s expectations while maintaining a healthy work/life balance. Their passion for people is evident with both clients and employees.
4. What does family mean to you?
In human society, a basic social unit consisting of parents and their children, considered a group, whether dwelling together or not. But seriously, family means everything to me. My wife and I are best friends and we have two young children and a herd of tiny dogs.
5. What magazines and books have you read recently?
I’m a voracious reader, usually reading two-three books a night. Last night I read a “Peppa Pig Look and Find Activity Book,” “Pete the Cat’s Groovy Bake Sale,” and “Elmo’s Potty Time.”
6. Tell us a favorite pastime of yours.
Gardening. It’s a hobby I started as a child with my mom and still enjoy today. I love being outside in nature, getting my hands dirty, and soaking in some Vitamin D. It is both relaxing and rewarding.
7. What is your favorite building (any building ever)?
The Reichstag Building in Berlin, Germany, due to its fascinating story and symbolism. It was left nearly vacant for 50 years after World War II. When Germany reunified, it was renovated by Norman Foster to be the capital building. Foster added a glass dome to symbolize transparency, and visitors can look down into the German Parliament chamber symbolizing the democratic ideal of people above government.
*Plus there’s a rooftop restaurant with a delicious elderberry crème brûlée.
8. Tell us a cool fact about yourself.
My wife is also an architect – we met in architecture school – and a decade ago we toured Germany as part of a travel grant to study Deconstructivist Architecture. It was a whirlwind trip where we traveled to fourteen different cities in three weeks and got to visit some amazing, boundary-pushing buildings.
9. What is the best career advice you’ve received?
“Anything worth doing is worth doing well.” I’m not sure where I first heard it, but I come from a long line of engineers who were passionate about things being done the right way the first time.
10. What is your favorite TURNERBATSON memory?
Every year TURNERBATSON hosts a huge Halloween party. We split up into teams and decorate the entire office in a Halloween theme. Everyone goes all out to make it the best event possible for employees and their families.
July 22, 2020