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Michael Shoriak


ARCH 4041/5051/6041/6051 - Research Studio

PRST 6510 - Studio I: Building Preservation

PRST 6220 - Preservation Technology


Michael Shoriak co-founded Cypress Building Conservation where he oversees all construction projects. He also currently serves as an Adjunct Professor at Tulane University, teaching the Building Conservation Studio within the School of Architecture.  

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.

Michael has worked in the construction industry for over fifteen years, beginning as a laborer and eventually assuming project management positions.  Prior to co-founding Cypress, Michael worked for the Architectural Conservation Laboratory at the University of Pennsylvania, implementing a rapid conditions assessment technique for Native American structures now used by Grand Canyon and Rocky Mountain National Parks.  As an archivist at the University of Pennsylvania Architectural Archives, he processed the archival collections of designers such as Venturi, Scott Brown, Ian McHarg, and Edmund Bacon.