Michael Abrams

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Adjunct Professor,
Interior Architecture Program
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Michael C. Abrams is a licensed architect and has taught sketching, drafting and design at several colleges and universities across the United States. Since completing his education, Michael has spent several years working in the profession in the United States, Spain, and Italy. Since 2006, Mr. Abrams has been teaching architectural design studios, drawing, field sketching, history of modern architecture and construction courses. He is currently a professorial lecturer and studio instructor in the Interior Architecture Program at George Washington University, and has taught both design studios and drawing courses at the School of Architecture and Planning at the University of Maryland in College Park, MD and at the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC.


Current Outside Position

  • Licensed Architect



  • Honorable mention, "Soundroom" architecture competition in Madrid, Spain (sponsored by opengap.net)
  • Winner of the Infinity Competition hosted by AIA Indiana Chapter



His drawings have been exhibited at:

  • The National Building Museum
  • The George Washington University
  • The Catholic University of America
  • Marymount University
  • Marywood University
  • The University of Monterrey in Mexico

In 2014, Mr. Abrams published the best-selling book The Art of City Sketching: A Field Manual (Routledge, 2014). Research for the book included documentation and analysis of hundreds of historic buildings and public spaces throughout Western Europe, the Caribbean and the US, and interviews with local and international scholars, architects and historians. Through his research Mr. Abrams has developed techniques and methods to teach students how to draw and help them to graphically capture their visions of the built (and un-built) environment. The book is now available in Chinese (May, 2017). Currently, the book is under review for translation in Korea, France and Turkey.



Bachelor in Environmental Design (B.Envd), University of Puerto Rico
Master of Architecture, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor


Professional Organizations

  • ASID