Michaele Pride joined the UC faculty in September 2003, as Associate Professor and Director of the School of Architecture and Interior Design. Her research focuses on the social and political implications of urban design and the dynamics of neighborhood change. Translating theory to practice, she continues to advise neighborhoods and local governments across the United States. Michaele is perhaps best known for her community-based design work in the months and years following the 1992 Los Angeles riots, helping to coordinate participatory processes and leading the volunteer efforts of the design community through the Design Professionals Coalition.
After seven years as principal of re: Architecture and a lifetime in Los Angeles, Michaele Pride moved to Kentucky in 1996, as the initiating director of the university's community design center in downtown Lexington. As inaugural director of the Downtown Design Center at the University of Kentucky, Michaele developed operational policies and established the Lexington Research Roundtable. She supervised many projects addressing critical housing and urban design issues throughout Kentucky.
Previously, Michaele taught at UCLA, Woodbury University, and the University of Southern California. Michaele has received awards for design, planning, and community advocacy from the LA Cultural Affairs Commission, the National Organization of Minority Architects, American Planning Association, and the American Institute of Architects.