Michael Petrus is a Principal of Crisman+Petrus Architects in Charlottesville, Virginia and teaches architecture studios at the University of Virginia. He holds a Master of Architecture in Urban Design degree with distinction from Harvard University (1997) and a Bachelor of Architecture from Carnegie Mellon (1987). He was awarded two post-graduate fellowships by Harvard: the Druker Traveling Fellowship to support his research into renewed railway infrastructure as urban catalyst in Europe, and the Sheldon Fellowship for his photographic and drawn documentation and analysis of the fortress towns of the Kali Gandaki Valley in North Central Nepal. Petrus has traveled widely and practiced architecture and urbanism on four continents, including the Americas, Asia, Europe and Africa. He regularly leads university sponsored, architecture studio trips to various US cities and has led a six-week Study Abroad program across Europe. His most recent professional architectural work has focused on projects that achieve an integration of industry and ecology at a very large scale through land planning projects on brownfield sites in the Tidewater, Virginia region. Petrus is an avid photographer whose work has been published in numerous journals and books and appears in local galleries.