Michael Shoriak co-founded Cypress Building Conservation, an architectural conservation company specializing in historic material analysis and hands-on restoration, where he is the director of the architectural conservation laboratory. Cypress combines scientific material analysis and graphic interpretation to study the properties and deterioration patterns of historic building materials.
A native of Gonzales, LA, Michael earned a Master of Science in Historic Preservation from the University of Pennsylvania School of Design where he received the Charles E. Peterson Award for excellence in the study of historic building technology. He also holds a MA in Public History from Temple University and a BA in History from Louisiana State University with minors in Art History and Philosophy.
Prior to co-founding Cypress Building Conservation, Michael developed a rapid conditions assessment technique for Native American structures, now used by Grand Canyon and Rocky Mountain National Parks. He also worked as an archivist at the University of Pennsylvania Architectural Archives where he processed the archival collections of designers such as Venturi, Scott Brown, Ian McHarg and Edmund Bacon. Most recently he was an architectural historian for the survey of the Uptown National Register District in New Orleans, LA.