Personal Greeting Michael Czap, AIA

The Beck Group

Contact Details

The Beck Group
Arlington, TX


Michael serves as the Director of Lean Design with BRPH, an international architecture and engineering firm.  He has over thirty years of broad experience in architectural planning, design, project management, production, and contract administration.  Michael is skilled at project and team choreography and the process of putting a building together.

Michael has actively lead efforts to identify and implement new technologies and cutting edge project delivery practices.  He coined the term and introduced the concept of “Lean Architecture”, defined as the “ongoing process of rethinking and improving architectural methodology” by the application of Lean principles to all aspects of design practice.

He served as chair of the Delivery Leadership Council with Callison-RTKL and led the BIM Steering Committee at Morris Architects / Huitt-Zollars.

He is a frequent speaker on Lean Architecture as well as Building Information Modeling (BIM).  Michael has presented at five AIA National and seventeen regional AIA conferences as well as many other industry venues across the United States since 2004.

Michael co-authored the Construction Drawings chapter for the AIA’s 15th Edition of the Architect’s Handbook for Professional Practice.  He has contributed articles to the AIA Best Practices, Chapter 13, and the AIA Practice Management Digest.


University of Illinois
Champaign, Ilinois, United States
BS Architectural Studies, 1982
1977 To 1982

Job History

Director of Lean Design
Melbourne, FL, United States
November 2016 - present

Morris Architects, a Huitt-Zollars Company
Vice President
Dallas, TX, United States
August 2014 - November 2016

NCBD Architects
Dallas, TX, United States
August 2013 - August 2014

RTKL Associates, Inc.
Dallas, TX, United States
October 1992 - August 2013