Michál Cohen

Director

Walters & Cohen

Biography

Michál studied architecture in South Africa and moved to London, setting up Walters & Cohen with Cindy Walters in 1994.

Michál’s projects include a gallery in Durban and the refurbishment of Boathouse 4 in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. In 2003 she led a research project to design an exemplar primary school for a Department for Education initiative. Since then, several innovative schools have been completed based on the exemplar’s principles, which Michál reviewed and revised in 2012 for the multi award-winning Lairdsland Primary School in Glasgow. Michál takes an interest in school design around the world and her expertise on the subject of design in learning environments is now well established.

In 2012 Cindy and Michál received the inaugural AJ Woman Architect of the Year Award. Michál regularly examines and lectures at universities, speaks at conferences and judges awards, and in 2020 was made an Honorary Professor of Architecture at the University of Nottingham. She is a trustee for Portsmouth Naval Base Property Trust, a chair for the Design South East review panel, a Design Council Expert, and a member of the London Legacy Development Corporation.

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