Michael Norman Fohring is a co-founder of the emerging Toronto-based design studio Odami. The studio's work ranges from architectural design to interiors, furniture, and small objects, with a focus on materiality, atmosphere, and a timeless and simple aesthetic. Their work has been published internationally, and has contributed to Michael being named a One Club for Creativity Young Gun in 2018.
Michael completed his B.Sc.Arch and M.Arch degrees at McGill University in Montréal, where he was named to the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Honour Roll, and was awarded several prizes, including the Dr. Soo Kim Lan Prize, the American Institute of Architects Henry Adams Medal, and the A.F. Dunlop Traveling Scholarship. For his M.Arch thesis, Michael was also awarded the RAIC Student Medal for outstanding final design project, and was nominated for the Canadian Architect Student Excellence Award.
Prior to co-founding ODAMI, Michael has worked at offices in Austria, Montréal, and Toronto, including a cd f* architectes, Thomas Balaban Architectes, and Batay-Csorba Architects, where he was responsible for several award-winning projects, most notably a mid-rise commercial building in Liberty Village which won a Canadian Architect Award of Merit in 2016, and a retail space which won a Canadian Interiors Project of the Year in 2018.