Bachelor of Architecture, Kent State University: 1993

Bachelor of Science in Architecture, Kent State University: 1993

Training and Certifications

State of Ohio Registered Architect, License No 12144

United States Green Building Council LEED Accredited Professonal

Association of University Architects (AUA) : 2012 – 2020

Society for College and University Planners (SCUP): 2002 – 2020

LEAN Leader Training

Kent State University Leadership Academy

Volunteer Affiliations

City of Kent, Ohio Planning Commission Member

Kent Social Services Board Member & Capital Campaign Construction Chair

Habitat for Humanity Volunteer

michael bruder

Michael Bruder

Project Manager


Michael is a creative, innovative architect and solutions-oriented construction professional. He brings 20 years of knowledge and experience as the University Architect for Kent State University to the Metis Construction Services team. While at Kent State, Michael managed a staff of 27 in-house professionals while also overseeing multiple large consulting architect/engineer teams and construction companies working on its eight-campus system. He provided direct guidance to these teams while simultaneously advising the university’s executive leadership to complete up to $100M in design and construction per year. His focus on positive teamwork and genuine collaboration amongst the owner, the designer and the contractor both in the office and in the field has earned him a reputation as a construction leader. His integrity and open communication style bring together diverse groups to complete beautiful, successful and sustainable projects on time and on budget. Representing the owner for many years, he brings the unique perspective of understanding and balancing first time construction costs with life cycle costs and he strives to produce projects that truly support an organization’s mission and helps them to achieve their goals.

Professional Experience

Kent State University – Kent, Ohio

University Architect/Executive Director of Facilities Planning and Design: 2008 – 2020

Assistant Director for Architecture: 2006 – 2008

Staff Architect and Project Manager: 1999 – 2006

David L. Sommers, AIA, Architects – Kent, Ohio

Project Architect: 1998 – 1999

Dodson Stilson (DLZ Company) – Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio

Project Architect: 1998

Hasenstab & McCarthy Architects – Akron, Ohio

Project Architect: 1993 – 1998

Michael Bruder, Architect – Kent, Ohio

Sole Proprietor: 1998 – present

Pervanje Henderson Architects – Twinsburg, Ohio

Intern Architect: 1992-1993

Peter B. Paino & Associates – Kent, Ohio

Intern Architect: 1991 – 1992