Mikel studied at the Higher Technical School of Architecture of Donostia in the University of the Basque Country and the Fachhochschule Potsdam, obtaining a First Class Honours for his thesis project and fully qualifying as an architect.
He founded and partnered mmej arkitektura in Donostia, where he worked on all kinds and scales of projects, achieving a fairly comprehensive overview of what an architect’s role is. He also joined a research programme as a hired researcher for the University of the Basque Country, researching new ways to develop land for economic activities more densely and intensively.
Crossing the Bay of Biscay and once in London, Mikel studied a second architecture master degree at Central Saint Martins. His thesis uncovered the current threats and pressures on industrial land and looked at ways to protect industrial activities within our city centres, while making a critique to existing zoning policies. He also had the privilege to work at the Greater London Authority's Regeneration office, before joining Hawkins\Brown's urban design and research teams.
In his spare time, he likes jogging and swimming, and he declares himself a live-music-concert addict.