Descended from the Budawang tribe of the Yuin nation, Michaels research interests surround the idea of contemporary Indigenous identity and how it is formalised through built form. Michael has a range of specialisations in the broad area of design, theory and architecture. These include the nature of design and its role towards society, and the relationships between theory and practice in planning, society and the city. Michael is currently working part time at WSP Engineering as an architect, and is doing a PhD at the University of Technology Sydney and teaches in the Bachelor of Design in Architecture covering architectural design and history and theory subjects. His thesis focuses on the idea the urban indigenous community in Redfern and questions, what are the values that constitute this community? How do they differ from what might be considered 'traditional' indigenous values? How have they been altered by inner city processes? How might the proposed future development of The Block contain these values?