Michael White assumed the role of Director of the Welch School of Art and Design in 2012. He came to Georgia State University in 2002 and was tenured in 2008. Michael is both NCARB and NCIDQ certified and is a registered architect and interior designer in the State of Georgia with degrees from Mississippi State University and the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Michael joined Georgia State following an extensive national career in interior architectural practice, most notably as Studio Director of the Atlanta office of Gensler---arguably the nation's premier interior architecture firm. His intimate familiarity with the issues of contemporary interior design practice uniquely qualified him to lead the interior design program in a new direction specifically focused on providing educational content as a direct reflection of current commercial interior design practice. Under his leadership, the interiors program achieved significant clarity in scope and direction and garnered added recognition of its faculty and students.
Michael's 20+ years of professional experience in the commercial interiors realm has focused on prototype design and implementation in healthcare and restaurants for national clients including Aetna and the McDonald’s Corporation. His strategic planning, workplace, and law firm design experience includes national clients Bank of America, the Aetna Insurance Companies, BlueCross BlueShield, GTE, and Atlanta’s own legal powerhouse, King & Spalding.