Michael MacLean is an interdisciplinary designer who holds a Master’s of Environmental Design Studies (Design-Build) from Dalhousie University (2019) and a BFA in Design from Concordia University (2017). Michael is influenced by his rural community upbringing in Quebec and years working in community engagement in Yukon. Working for Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in in youth support and engagement has inspired him to develop a community-based design and art practice. Through his master’s research, his art, and his design interests he strives to find new ways of working with communities and bringing them into the process. His thesis identified and tested design-build as a participatory approach to working with youth in Dawson City in partnership with the education system. He uses a variety of approaches including participatory design, architectural design-build and site-specific installation. Michaels’s work has been highlighted in the exhibition, design competitions and publication. His recent work focuses on impact-based approach to project development and he currently sits as a board member on the Planning and Design Centre.