Mr. Michael Ytterberg, AIA

MY Architecture

Contact Details

MY Architecture
Philadelphia, PA


Collaborating with clients on diverse projects from the scale of a private home to a $4.8 billion casino resort, Michael has given beautifully functional form to their collective vision. His work has met and exceeded the business goals of his clients while winning numerous awards and being featured in national publications.

Michael is committed to placemaking, to working within existing contexts or creating new ones in order to transform the urban fabric and leave the world a better, more sustainable place. The balancing of innovation and tradition in each project is guided by his intimate knowledge of market tested solutions. The result has been the creation of emotionally rich environments at every scale that are based on an abiding respect for people and the settings they require to realize their aspirations.

There is an intellectual rigor to Michael’s work, a capacity for critical thought and yet also a spirit of inclusiveness which bridges academic disciplines and popular culture. An unusual aspect of his resume are early studies in theater which included a year exploring human movement and space design at the Jacques Lecoq School in Paris, France. As a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania and a professor of architectural and urban history, theory, and design, he has demonstrated a life long commitment to research and publication.

Specialties: Master planning and architectural design of large scale mixed use, residential, hospitality, corporate and academic projects.


University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Doctor of Philosophy, 2005
History, theory, and criticism of architecture
1993 To 1995
Dissertation: The Perambulations of Hadrian
Advisor: Joseph Rykwert and Lothar Haselberger

Rice University
Houston, Texas, United States
Master of Architecture, 1980
1977 To 1980

Ecole Jacques Lecoq
Paris, France
Space, theater and movement
1975 To 1976

Rice University
Houston, Texas, United States
Bachelor of Arts, 1975
Architecture and Media
1971 To 1975

Job History

BLT Architects
Philadelphia, PA, Afghanistan
September 1997 - present

Drexel University, Department of Architecture
Adjunct Associate Professor
Philadlephia, PA, United States
July 1988 - present

Kling Lindquist
Senior Designer / Associate
Philadelphia, PA, United States
January 1989 - March 1993

Mitchell Giurgola
Project Architect
Philadelphia, PA, United States
January 1987 - December 1988

State University of New York at Buffalo, Department of Architecture
Visiting Assistant Professor
Buffalo, NY, United States
September 1986 - December 1986

Designer / Associate
Houston, TX, United States
March 1979 - September 1985


  • Architectural Design
  • Building Measurement
  • Historic Preservation
  • Marketing Studies
  • Renderings
  • Sustainable Building Design
  • Urban Design Services


  • Society of Architectural Historians (SAH)
  • Urban Land Institute (ULI)