Michael Ytterberg

Founding Principal

Michael R. Ytterberg. PhD, AIA, LEED AP, is the Founding Principal of MY Architecture in Philadelphia. He has over 35 years of experience in the master planning and architectural design of large scale mixed use, residential, hospitality, corporate, and academic projects. Collaborating with clients on diverse projects from the scale of a private home to a $4.8 billion casino resort, he has given beautiful, functional form to their collective vision. His work has won numerous awards and has been featured in national publications. MY Architecture continues the work of the studio led by Michael during the nearly 20 years he was Design Principal and multi-family practice leader at BLT Architects in Philadelphia. Prior to that he worked as a designer for several internationally prominent firms: Mitchell Giurgola Architects and The Kling Lindquist Partnership in Philadelphia, and CRS in Houston. He has an NCARB certificate and is registered to practice architecture in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia and Nevada.

Michael received a PhD. in Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania. He received his Master of Architecture as well as a B.A. from Rice University and undertook additional studies in human movement at the École Jacques Lecog in Paris, France. Research which led to his PhD began in 1985/86 when he was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Rome. Since 1988 he has taught as an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Architecture of Drexel University. He has been a critic and guest lecturer at the Departments of Architecture of the State University of New York at Buffalo and Temple University and at the School of Design and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

In bridging academic discipline and the business of real estate development Michael has demonstrated a life-long commitment to research and publication in the search of a broader perspective on the design of places for people. A member of the Society of Architectural Historians, he is a frequent presenter at scholarly conferences on the relationship of architecture and society in history, while also appearing regularly as a panelist at conferences on the design and development of multi-family housing.