Early life & Education

After mastering drafting techniques under his father's mentorship by the age of 15, a seventh-generation of architects, builders, craftsmen and artisans, Michael Pellis entered Penn State through portfolio review. During college he received a John Stewardson Memorial Award of Merit, studied architecture in Florence, Italy and traveled extensively throughout Europe and Egypt.

Early Career

He balanced working in the office along with laboring on several construction teams, exploring the practical applications of his drawings including a middle school where he helped produce the documents one summer then delivering materials to the majority of trades the following summer. His pan-directional understanding of all phases of the building process is key to his professional value. Throughout his early career Michael had a strong desire to make buildings with timeless beauty that respected the environment into which they were built.


Working alongside M.Dean Jones, an internationally accomplished architect based in Tiburon, California was a mentorship, which developed into a lifelong friendship. Dean’s careful attention to the craftsman style detail and incorporating active and passive solar techniques helped Michael fuel a 10 year career in serving a high-end residential clientele and afforded the opportunity to gain a portfolio of experience implementing active and passive solar and resource efficiency techniques.

His focus on environmentally conscious design coupled with his extensive background in producing large school projects, drew the attention of Aaron Green, Director of the West Coast offices of Frank Lloyd Wright.

His trajectory for producing high-performance building design & Master planning was fortified in California. Michael, under the leadership of Aaron Green, broke ground on the American Hebrew Academy, a 74 building campus in Greensboro, North Carolina in 1998 and completed 34 buildings by 2005.


After twelve years in San Francisco, Michael and his family sought a lifestyle change in Richmond VA. For the better part of a decade he has worked with Baskervill as Project Manager in charge of Business Development for Mixed-use and sustainable design projects. Most recent project Cooper Vineyards Tasting Room and Storage facility has achieved the highest rating of LEED PLATINUM certification from the USGBC. Michael has since adapted alongside the tempestuous construction economy as a now independent agent, one with 360° vision and a proven track record of employing beauty, practical insight, High-performance methods with Environmentally beneficial outcomes and long-term viability coupled with maximizing available incentives on a local, state and federal level.