Michael Cox has been the principal of Michael J. Cox, Architect in Brandon, Manitoba since 1979. A literal one-person practice for this entire period, the firm has engaged in a wide variety of work, ranging from small-scale residential renovations to significant commercial projects. The wholesale renovation of Brandon’s original electrical generating station resulted in an award-winning Western Regional Head Office facility for Manitoba Hydro. Recent work includes the design of a permanent memorial to some 19,000 Canadian and Commonwealth Air Force personnel who lost their lives in service to Canada during the Second World War.
Michael believes that in addition to meeting client needs, each commission should be examined for ways in which it might also serve the aspirations of the community in which the project will be built. Further, he is committed to the idea that the leadership skills that serve him well as an architect should be shared with the larger community within which he works. In addition to his service as President of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, Michael has been Chair of the Assiniboine Community College Board of Governors, Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the Brandon Downtown Development Corporation and President and Board Chair of the Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba.