Michelle has been with the firm since early 2011, and she focuses her work on the built environment’s impact on physical, mental, and social well-being. Considerations for a project’s end-user are key in her design process, and she believes that thoughtfully-designed, healthy, and sustainable buildings should be accessible to all.
In her time at WJW, she has managed on a range of project types including affordable family & seniors’ housing, memory care, market-rate / mixed-use, and supportive living for individuals with disabilities. Her work spans the Midwest from Indiana all the way to North Dakota. Michelle’s research interests include exploring the link between health & housing and designing for individuals with developmental disabilities, including Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).
Michelle earned both her Master of Architecture degree and her Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Michigan. During her graduate studies, she spent time abroad studying in Italy & Brazil, and she worked on a collaboration between the University of Michigan’s College of Architecture & School of Dentistry for the programming and schematic design of Liberia’s first prospective college of dentistry. Between her undergraduate and graduate studies, Michelle worked as an architectural designer for Crate & Barrel.
Ms. Sablack is a Licensed Architect in the State of Illinois & Indiana, NCARB-certified, Evidence-Based Design Accredited, and a LEED Accredited Professional with a specialty in Building Design and Construction. She is an adjunct lecturer at the University of Illinois at Chicago, teaching the LEED certification framework to energy engineering students in a few sessions per year. Michelle co-chairs the Associate Board for Renaissance Social Services, whose mission is to end homelessness in Chicago through prevention, housing, and supportive services. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, running, and exploring the city.
- B.S., Architecture, University of Michigan
- M. Arch., University of Michigan