Michael Spory is a design professional and educator based in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Michael is a 2011 graduate of Eastern Mennonite University, where he received his BA in Art, Photography, and Communications. He received his Master’s of Architecture in 2015 from the College of Design at Iowa State University. A practicing architect, Michael currently works professionally as a designer of learning environments for the international AE firm Stantec, while also maintaining a small freelance photography and design business. Michael has served as an assistant professor of art at Eastern Mennonite University, teaching courses in design, photography, communications, and new media, along with previously teaching design studios at Iowa State University and professional experience in marketing, sales, communications, and business operations. His interdisciplinary research and practice focuses on integrated systems, design thinking as a catalyst for community and economic transformation, and design methodology for peacebuilding and resilience.