Michael J. Bell, FAIA, is a native of New Orleans and a graduate of Tulane University, where he achieved a Master’s Degree in Architecture. After four years of architectural practice in Dallas, Michael returned home to the city he loves and understands so well.
Michael calls home both the Audubon Park area of uptown New Orleans and old Covington on the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain. He offices in the second oldest neighborhood in New Orleans, the Lafayette Square Historic District. While all three of these neighborhoods are unique, they are rich in architectural treasures and they provide much of the inspiration for Michael’s architecture, be it traditional, contemporary, or somewhere in between.
Michael founded Bell Architecture in 1992, making it his goal to provide quality services for clients seeking to create distinctive custom homes. Twenty-three years later, Michael is living his dream, having built a successful firm by doing what he loves to do.
While achieving his professional goals, Michael has consistently and enthusiastically given back to the architectural profession, including as AIA (American Institute of Architects) New Orleans’ post-Katrina president in 2007, and since 2009 as a member of AIA National’s Documents Committee, which is responsible for writing the AIA contracts commonly used in the design and construction industry. In 2015 the AIA elevated Michael to Fellowship, an award bestowed upon “architects who have made a significant contribution to architecture and society and who have achieved a standard of excellence in the profession.”
Michael also works tirelessly to improve his community. For decades he has served and continues to serve the Louisiana Children’s Museum, St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church, Trinity Episcopal School and Tulane University, among others. Through Bell Architecture, Michael has provided pro bono services to Preservation Resource Center, Felicity Redevelopment, Community Sailing Center of New Orleans and Habitat for Humanity, for whom Bell Architecture has provided architectural services for over 400 homes.