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Michál Cohen

Michál studied architecture in South Africa and moved to London to set up Walters & Cohen with Cindy Walters in 1994.

Michál has worked on a variety of projects, including the wellness centre in the Bank of England, a gallery in Durban and the refurbishment of Boathouse 4 in Portsmouth. She is also responsible for many of the practice's education projects, which began in 2003 with designs for an exemplar primary school under the Department for Education's Schools for the Future initiative. Since then, she has visited and researched school design in Italy, Scandinavia and South Africa to understand best practice in a wider context. She takes a keen interest in government initiatives and policy, as well as how children learn, and her expertise on the subject of design in learning environments is now well established.

Several innovative schools have been completed based on the principles of the exemplar, which were reviewed and revised in 2012 for the design of a reference scheme for Scotland and the resulting multi award-winning Lairdsland Primary School in Glasgow. Current projects include a major new teaching building at St Paul's School in London, and an Innovation Centre for Somerset College in South Africa.

Michál is one of the Design Council's Built Environment Experts and in 2017 judged the BCI Awards. She is a trustee for Portsmouth Naval Base Property Trust and a member of the Design South East panel, the London Legacy Development Corporation and the Camden Design Review panel.

In 2012 Cindy and Michál were awarded the inaugural AJ Woman Architect of the Year Award.