Michael Street

Michael Street is Director of Research at Patter r+d, a building analytics consulting firm based in Atalanta, GA delivering daylight, cost, and energy modeling services.

While pursuing a Master of Science in Building Technology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Michael looked at city systems: highly complexoften exhibit emergent behavior. As such the design of cities is informed by a range of disparate parameters. Estimating the impact of site location, urban typology, and program materiality on urban-scale energy consumption is the focus of his research, which is located at the intersection of design, urban climatology, and urban energy simulation. His approach has been to implement an analytical model for urban climate into a ubiquitous architectural design platform.

After graduating from MIT, he served as a visiting scientist to the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems in Freiburg, Germany and to the Oak Ridge National Lab in Oak Ridge, TN.

In 2015, Michael founded Black Men Code as a social benefit organization and lifestyle brand focused on re-capturing the narrative of Black males in STEM and creating educational experiences that motivate, inspire and empower Black males to participate in the innovation economy. 

Michael earned a Bachelor of Science in Physics with a minor in Mathematics from Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA. "We require from buildings, as from men, two kinds of goodness; first, doing their practical duty; then that they be graceful and pleasing in doing it." - Ruskin    "All science is either physics or stamp collecting." - Rutherford

2013 SMBT Thesis: Comparison of Simplified Models of Urban Climate for Improved Prediction of Building Energy Use in Cities