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Michál Cohen

Michál was born and educated in South Africa, setting 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 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. Several innovative, award-winning schools have been completed based on the principles of this design, including the multi award-winning Lairdsland Primary School in Scotland. Current projects include a major new teaching building at St Paul's School in Barnes, London.

Michál 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. From 2009 Michál was on CABE's education review panel and is now one of the Design Council Cabe's Built Environment Experts. 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 won AJ's Woman Architect of the Year Award.