Mike Watkins

Michael Watkins Architect, llc

330 Firehouse Lane
Gaithersburg, MD 20878


Michael Watkins is the founder and principal of Michael Watkins Architect, LLC, an architecture and town planning firm.  The firm’s work includes the preparation of master plans for neighborhoods, hamlets and town extensions, preparation of design guidelines, various town architect services for TNDs, and leading and participating in urban design charrettes.  He serves as the Town Architect for Norton Commons (a DPZ master plan) in Louisville, Ky. and Whitehall (a PlaceMakers master plan) near Wilmington, Del.  He collaborates with numerous other New Urbanist firms, among them Urban Design Associates, TortiGallas and Partners, Placemakers and the Prince’s Foundation for Building Community.

In 2007, Mr. Watkins left his position as Director of Town Planning with Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company to enroll in the Masters program in Classical Design offered by The Institute of Classical Architecture & Classical America and the Georgia Institute of Technology.  While with DPZ, he opened their Washington, D.C. office (1988), where he served as the Town Architect for Kentlands, a 352-acre neo-traditional neighborhood northwest of Washington, D.C., led many charrettes for a wide variety of types on projects, and was a member of design teams for over sixty towns and neighborhoods in the United States and abroad.

Mr. Watkins is one of several contributors to Andres Duany's SmartCode, a zoning ordinance that legalizes the development of traditional neighborhoods.  In 2003 Mr. Watkins edited and produced The Guidebook to the Old and New Urbanism in the Baltimore / Washington Region.  Mr. Watkins speaks on the subject of traditional architecture and urban design at universities and conferences in the U.S. and abroad.  He is a member of the Congress for the New Urbanism, the American Institute of Architects, the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art, the New Urban Guild and the American Institute of Certified Planners.

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