MICHELLE BALFOORT   |   AIA   |   PRESIDENT   |   LEED AP

Michelle, a native Floridian, graduated from University of Florida in 1992 with a Bachelors Degree in Design and in 1994 with a Master Degree in Architecture. After receiving both her Architect and Interior Design licenses she launched her first firm in 1999 where she and a partner successfully ran a small boutique firm, Balfoort Finnvold Architecture, for over 12 years, working from the Florida Keys to North Carolina. While specializing in high-end residential design, they also worked with commercial projects, neighborhood and town planning, and historic preservation with extensive work in Delray Beach and Boca Raton. Michelle is also a LEED AP and has designed both commercial and residential projects meeting these guidelines. In 2012, Michelle once again branched out to establish a new firm, Balfoort Architecture based in Stuart, Florida.

She has 3 young boys and remains active in the community by volunteering time with Nina Haven, Martin County Foundation, and Palm Beach Foundation, all which support graduating high school seniors by providing four year college scholarships based on financial need and academic success.




My personal taste favors a more minimal and uncluttered style of architecture. I think that with minimal design, details become more critical and must therefore be more carefully articulated. However, I feel that great spaces can exist within any style no matter the details. To make great spaces, design ultimately must be transparent. The design must allow the space within to come to the forefront. Defined space should not be confined within the physical boundaries of the structure. Architecture in its most elegant state reaches beyond the structure to subtly and gracefully affect the surrounding landscape. I view the exterior space as equally important and vibrant as the interior and those projects that embrace this idea are always the most successful.

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