Michael Gamble

Director, Modern Cities Study Abroad: London, Berlin, Paris, Copenhagen 

Chair, Academic and Research Council, Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design 

Associate Professor with Tenure 


Auburn University, School of Architecture, Bachelor of Architecture, June 1989, 1st in Design Class
Georgia Institute of Technology, Master of Architecture, June 1990
Harvard University, Graduate School of Design, Master of Design Studies with Distinction, June 1996


Imagination, Design, Houses/Housing, Construction Technology 


Michael’s love of design at all scales is evident in his teaching, research and practice. 

He is a registered architect, director of the Modern Cities Europe Program, and creative director at Gamble + Gamble Architects in Atlanta. From 2015 to 2022, he directed the Master of Architecture program in the School of Architecture.  His design-driven research operates at a variety of scales, from house to city, with emphasis on innovation, alternative energy, and building technology pursued within the context of a larger concern for the creation of healthy, well-conceived environments. He has received numerous awards for excellence in design and scholarship. www.gg-architects.com 

Michael was the first point of contact for the $30 million Living Building gift, a.k.a. Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design (KBISD), and actively participated in pre-planning and fund acquisition, design competition and team formation, all the way through building execution, implementation and certification.  He also led a series of interdisciplinary design studios that paralleled the effort, and chaired the Academic and Research Council connected to the project.  He is co-author of the novel organizational structure of the living building workgroups, now tested, and currently  serves as chair of the KBISD advisory council and leads the Living Building Pilot Project Program, comprised of faculty, researchers and students from across campus, now in round three of funding. 

Michael’s research has received grants from The Alcoa Foundation, The Kendeda Foundation, Center for Quality Growth and Regional Development, the National Endowments of the Arts, and received First Prize for Research in an international competition sponsored by the Environmental Design and Research Association. Gamble has published essays on the design of the public realm in Harvard Design Magazine with W. Jude Leblanc. 


Urban Land Institute Atlanta Awards for Excellence, Excellence in Preservation Award, Clermont Hotel, 2019 

Atlanta Urban Design Commission, Award of Excellence in Historic Preservation, Clermont Hotel, 2019 

The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation, Preservation Award for Excellence in Rehabilitation, Clermont Hotel, 2019

Atlanta Business Chronicle Best in Atlanta Real Estate Awards Finalist, Clermont Hotel, 2019. 

Atlanta Preservation Center Keystone Award, Hotel Clermont, 2018. 

Introduction “ The Speed of Light” in “Fabricated Homescapes” Déborah Mesa Studio, Georgia Tech 

Book, Climate Change and the Design of the Built Environment, Kendall Hunt Publishing 

Award of Excellence, Atlanta Urban Design Commission, Atlanta Daily World, 2015.

Preservation Award - Excellence in Rehabilitation, The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation, Atlanta Daily World, 2015.

National Trust for Historic Preservation, Atlanta Daily World, Top Ten Saves, 2014.

Merit Award, Paulk Residence, American Institute of Architects, Georgia Chapter, 2014.

Dwell on Design, Invited Exhibitor, Los Angeles, 2014.

Merit Award, Paulk Residence, American Institute of Architects, Atlanta Chapter, 2014.

Finalist, Paulk Residence, World Architecture Festival, Singapore, 2013.

First Prize, G+G Architects. Revitalization of the Clermont Hotel. Atlanta, GA. 2009.

Merit Award, Design with Brick Competition, 41 Beverly, September 2007.

Museum of Design Atlanta, Resurgens Exhibit, How the Environment Effects Health, June – Sept. 2007. Honor Award, AIA Atlanta, Kendeda Sustainable House, 2006.

First Place, Sustainable Home Competition, Kendeda Sustainable House, September 2006

ARCH 6039 Advanced Design Studio 1, Quantum Poems 

ARCH 6000 London Residency Program, Architecture and Infrastructure 

ARCH 6072 Design and Research Studio, Future Urban Housing in partnership with the GT High Performance Building Lab 

ARCH 6833 Climate Change and the Design of the Built Environment 

ARCH 8833 Integrated Building Systems