(Architect, Writer & Creative Director)
Title- Social and Affordable Housing
Michelle's first career was in marketing and advertising as a Writer and Creative Director in Perth and Sydney. In 2000, she returned to Perth to study architecture at the University of Western Australia where she graduated with first class honours and embarked on her second career. She has gone on to win various awards for her architecture and social housing work.
Michelle now has her own architecture practice, Michelle Blakeley, Architect Pty Ltd, which focuses on creating more efficient, thermally comfortable, and joyful living spaces which respond to the lifestyle of the occupants. This includes developing high performance models for social and low-income affordable housing.
Michelle Is Chair the “My Home” initiative which delivers housing for people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.
The first “My Home” project was completed in North Fremantle earlier this year. The project has been lauded by government, community organisations, private developers, and the general public as an exemplar of social housing.
“My Home” is moving forward with development of land owned by State government, Local government and Church bodies across Perth and regional areas and will continue to deliver homes for people who are homeless into the future.