Michael Halflants

Associate Professor of Architecture
Phone: (941) 726-9334
Email: halflants@usf.edu
Websites: halflantspichette.com | Facebook

Michael Halflants is an associate professor at the USF School of Architecture & Community Design and a principal at Halflants + Pichette Architects, with offices in Tampa and Sarasota.

After studying architecture at the St Lucas Institute in Brussels, he earned a master's degree in architecture at the University of Florida, where he was awarded the Henry Adams Gold Medal, the department's highest design honor. Upon graduation, Halflants was first employed as a project designer with the Polshek Partnership in New York. In that capacity, he drew designs for theaters and offices in Manhattan and for the Spencer Museum in Kansas. Working in a joint venture with Arata Isozaki's Tokyo office, he was on the design team for the Brooklyn Museum addition.

In 2006, he cofounded the firm Halflants + Pichette Architects with John Pichette. The firm's work is centered on housing projects and single-family residences, many of which are carried out as design-build ventures. Since 2006, the firm has been honored with over 30 American Institute of Architects awards including the National AIA Young Architect Award and the Tampa Bay AIA Firm of the Year award. In 2011, Professor Halflants was invited to represent Florida's West Coast at the University of Miami in an exhibit of Florida architects. Starting in 2014, the practice has garnered five national medals from the Association of Licensed Architects. The firm has also been recognized in the professional press at the state and national levels.

Professor Halflants strives to build and maintain deliberately parallel and mutually reinforcing creative professional activities and educational responsibilities. At USF, he teaches graduate design studios, as well as seminars on tropical architecture and modern housing. He has presented papers on the topic of tropical design throughout Southeast Asia. He has led students abroad to Mexico City, the Yucatan, Brazil, Japan, Berlin, the Netherlands, and Spain. In 2010, he was recognized for his work as an educator with the McMinn Award from the Florida/Caribbean AIA.

Research Activity

2015

Creative Activities

Professional Recognition

2014

Creative Activities

Served as the lead designer for all 2014 projects for the firm Halflants+Pichette.

Professional Recognition

8 AIA AWARDS & 3 NATIONAL ALA AWARDS