Michael's deep knowledge of planting design, adaptive ecologies, and principles of sustainability underpin his contributions. He is responsible for ensuring the highest level of ecological performance, environmental management, and project constructibility possible.
Michael Callahan brings over 15 years of ecological design and living-systems construction expertise to the collaborative work of the firm. He is an award-winning designer and collaborates on all of the firm’s projects, ensuring the highest level of ecological performance, environmental management, and project constructibility possible.
Mr. Callahan’s experience includes leading the ecological design of the QNV New City, a 40-acre on-structure urban landscape design located between 60 high-rise towers for 15,000 people, the award-winning Beijing International Garden Exhibition in Beijing, China, and the 22nd Street Garden in New York City. Most recently, he led the design and ecological planning for a winning competition entry for the Huebi International Garden Exhibition in Wuhan, China. This innovative proposal incorporated recycled building materials, native plants and aquaculture species as a 21st century composition of thriving human and non-human ecologies. Prior to joining Counts Studio, Mr. Callahan worked with Raymond Jungles Inc. Landscape Architects on a wide range of high-profile projects. His design leadership and collaborative contributions include numerous South Florida hotel and development projects that include the Grove at Grand Bay with Bjarke Ingels Group in Miami, FL and the 200m renovation of Bal Harbour Shops in Miami FL. Mr. Callahan’s project experience also includes project designer for the award-winning Boston-based firm Stephen Stimson Associates Landscape Architects and the multi-disciplinary office of Kimley-Horn and Associates. Mr. Callahan participates regularly on design reviews at universities throughout the country. He has lectured at the Pennsylvania State University and Iowa State University. Michael received his BLA from the University of Georgia School of Environmental Design and his MLA from Iowa State University.