We believe in interactive
city building rooted in the
authenticity of Detroit.

Since 1994, McIntosh Poris Architects has been delivering transformative architecture, interior, and urban design services for residential, commercial, and institutional clients across Metro Detroit.

As an urban-focused architecture firm, we recognize that our cities are in the midst of great change. Our intention is to remain rooted in engagement through meaningful dialogue with our clients and the communities we serve.

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Architecture for the
Modern World

At MPA we're acutely aware that none of us exist or operate in silos; therefore, we engage our clients and project stakeholders with an open platform approach based on dialogue and collaboration. Our designs go through many stages of adjustment and refinement, always tested against the needs and aspirations of the project.

Through this inclusive process, MPA reaches a heightened understanding of the role each project has in the lives of its constituents. The end result becomes greater and more complex than if it had been designed by us alone. Such a process challenges our team to creatively respond with a solution that transforms place, building, and context, as well as the communities and people who inhabit them.


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Michael Poris, AIA

Founding Principal

Michael Poris, AIA, is a founding principal at McIntosh Poris Architects, where he’s led the charge on restoring Detroit’s most iconic neighborhoods and landmark buildings. Since his return to the city in 1995, he has tirelessly worked to preserve the legacy of its beloved 20th-century architecture and historic districts while also helping implement change through innovative design. His architectural leadership has transformed Detroit with groundbreaking projects, such as the Foundation Hotel and the East Riverfront Framework Plan, both recognized with numerous awards. The firm has gained more than 130 design accolades, including 30 AIA Honor Awards and 70 Detroit Design Awards. His design work has been featured in more than 100 prestigious publications worldwide, including Dwell, Urban Land, Architectural Record, and Interior Design. Michael is currently spearheading the adaptive reuse of the 600,000-square-foot Fisher Body Plant in Detroit, and a 600 prefabricated home community in Colorado. Recently, Michael received the prestigious AIA Detroit Charles Blessing Award, recognizing his significant leadership in planning and civic issues and his unwavering commitment to improving the quality of life for all Detroiters.

John Skok, AIA, LEED AP


As a leader of McIntosh Poris Architects' architectural team, John has spearheaded several award-winning projects that reflect his passion for adaptive reuse and interior design. With over two decades of experience, John is an expert in finding new uses for existing spaces, giving them a new lease on life while preserving their historical character and cultured identity. Notable projects include the transformation of a 1925 bank building into the techno nightclub Panacea, the historic renovation of the Detroit Fire Department Headquarters into the boutique Detroit Foundation Hotel and the adaptive reuse of the Fisher Body Plant into a mixed-use loft project.

John's approach to design has earned him numerous accolades, including recognition from the American Institute of Architects and the Michigan Historic Preservation Network. He received his Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Detroit Mercy in 2000 and remains active on the School of Architecture Dean’s Advisory Council. His commitment to community service is reflected in his past work as a member of the board of zoning appeals for the City of Ferndale, Michigan.

Laurie Hughet-Hiller, AIA, LEED AP


Laurie Hughet-Hiller, AIA, Principal at McIntosh Poris Architects, is a creative powerhouse and an advocate for experience-driven design. Her projects are visually appealing and lend a positive impact to their communities. Working in the industry since 2001, Laurie has worked on a wide range of award-winning projects, from housing and hospitality to retail and education. She returned to Detroit in 2009 after starting her career in Los Angeles and has been a key player in the city's revitalization efforts since joining McIntosh Poris Architects in 2012.

Serving as her client's primary point of contact, Laurie leads projects from concept to completion to ensure design excellence. She also leads the firm's business development initiatives, continually seeking new and exciting opportunities to make a difference through design. Laurie holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture and Master of Architecture with High Distinction from the University of Michigan. She has served on the Board of Directors of CREW Detroit, AIA Michigan, and AIA Detroit. She was awarded the 2017 AIA Michigan Young Architect Award and the 2020 AIA Detroit Young Architect Award, recognizing her outstanding achievements in the field.