PROFESSIONAL BIO-- Michael Silva, MA AIA NCARB CASp/R.A.S. Architect
Michael is President of FORM Architectural, located in Encino since 1984. He was licensed as a California Architect in 1982, NCARB certified in 1986, and has held a general contractor’s license since 1983. In August 2016, Michael completed the certification process to become a Certified Access Specialist- California CASp-702 -- Disabled Access Expert and Consultant and qualified to become a full CASp Member in the Certified Access Specialist Institute (CASI) in August of 2016. In July 2022, certification was obtained in Texas as a Registered Accessibility Specialist (R.A.S.) . In May 2022 Membership was approved in the Accessibility Professionals Association (APA) based in Austin, TX.
FORM Architectural Inc./FORM Architectural has provided comprehensive architectural, construction and expert witness consulting services on over 3,000 projects from SeaWorld in San Diego to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley. Conceptual design work in Las Vegas and on Florida’s east coast encompassed hospitality projects for Universal Studios, private developers and scenic contractors who were based throughout southern California. Michael is an alumni of Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo and received his MA degree in Business/Organizational Leadership from Woodbury University in Burbank.
Over the past 15 years Michael has been a member of the AIA-San Fernando Valley Chapter, spending ten of those years on the Board of Directors and as the Chair of the Academic & Education Committee coordinating the chapter scholarship programs for Woodbury University serving the students as emerging professionals. He has been on the Executive Committee for 2 years and has been the AIA-SFV Representative on the Advisory Panel for Curriculum Development at Pierce College and the Valley Economic Alliance (VEA) Board meetings. The AIA-SFV and the VEA have recently developed a Vision Plan for Northridge along the Reseda corridor and in the North East Valley with the Mulholland Institute. The Urban Design Assistance Team (UDAT) concept provided professional oversight and comprehensive thinking to the preparation of the phased planning document.
In July 2022, Michael completed the requirements to become a Registered Access Specialist in Texas.