Michael Kothke is a licensed architect with over 20 years of experience as a designer and project-architect. He has contributed to award winning projects for architectural firms in Canada and the United States, including the offices of Patkau Architects, Peter Cardew Architects, Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects, Skidmore Owings and Merrill (SOM) and Rick Joy Architects. Michael has also been an advocate for sustainable design, working with private development firms in Tucson to implement green building practices and deliver sustainable residential infill solutions to Southern Arizona. Michael is a principal at HK Associates Inc.

Michael holds a Master of Architecture degree from Dalhousie University. He is a Lecturer at CAPLA and is the Coordinator of the Arc401 and Arc102 foundation studios as well as the Internship and IDP coordinator.

Professional Work

Research and Expertise

Spanning a broad range of project types and scales, Michael's research is rooted in architectural design and the coordinative and collaborative processes that it requires. Building on Michael's passion for drawing and graphic communication, his work reflects a commitment to a high level of rigor and execution that utilizes both hand and digital methodologies to communicate with multiple disciplines and synthesize building systems, construction assemblies, and programmatic and performance requirements.

As a studio instructor, Michael's priority is to critically engage students and their projects at the intersection of thinking and making as the foundation for broader design exploration.


  • Associate Professor of Practice Michael Kothke has been named a national 2019 AIA Young Architect Award recipient.This... Read More
  • HK Associates, Inc., a Tucson design firm owned by Assistant Professor of Practice Michael Kothke and his wife Kathy Hancox... Read More
  • Director Rob Miller nominated Ray Barnes and Michael Kothke, both lecturers of architecture, for the Darryl B. Dobras... Read More
  • The award-winning Barrio Historico House, by HK Associates  Inc. (SoA Lecturer Michael Kothke ... Read More
  • Lecturer Michael Kothke has been awarded SoA's 2013-2014 Commendation for Teaching Award. This commemorative award, in... Read More
  • Each year, DesignIntelligence honors excellence in education by naming 30 exemplary professionals. The 2014 education role... Read More
  • Individual paper proposals submitted by SoA Lecturers Michael Kothke and Annie Kurtin has been accepted to the 30th National... Read More
  •  The great-looking graphic President Hart and others used to introduce UA's newest unit, Tech Launch Arizona, was... Read More
  • Michael Kothke to Present Work at University of IllinoisSoA Lecturer Michael Kothke will be presenting a lecture on the work... Read More


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Associate Professor of Practice
Office Location: ARCHITECTURE A203h
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