Michael Imber, FAIA is the principal architect of Michael G. Imber, Architects, PLLC a modern classical design firm based in San Antonio, Texas and recognized for a body of work that is strong in historic sentiment, yet modern in its execution. Michael has been honored with numerous local and national design awards including the Texas Society of Architect’s William W. Caudill, FAIA Award; for his achievements as a young architect and for his contributions to the American Institute of Architects. In 2007, Michael was honored with the Arthur Ross Award for his enduring commitment to the classical tradition in residential architecture, civic buildings, and neighborhood design. In 2008, he was inducted into the American Institute of Architects College of Fellows for his contribution to American design. Most recently, he has won the 2010 and 2011 Palladio Awards for outstanding achievement in traditional design and designed the 2011 Southern Living House.

“I define myself as a modern classicist,” Imber says. “We have to understand the language of the past, yet relate to the modern needs of our culture. We’re not building museums to the past. We’re interested in trying to understand who we are as people. Traditional architecture is so successful because it’s generally doing what people want — not what architects want.”

Michael is as widely known for his idyllic ranch and country houses throughout Texas and the Western United States as for his coastal residences and luxury resorts around the world; receiving much recognition for their sensitivity to landscape, material, craft and culture. He was named “Master of the House” by Southern Accents Magazine and was the designer of the 2008 Idea House in Galveston, Texas for Coastal Living Magazine.


Michael is an NCARB registered architect and licensed in the states of Texas, Colorado, Florida, California, Mississippi, Maine, New Mexico and Utah. He is a founding counselor of The Congress of Residential Architects and the founding President of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Classical America Texas Chapter.

His work has been featured in many local and national publications such as Coastal Living, New Old House, Texas Architect, Western Interiors, Southern Accents and Period Homes. He has been published in numerous books and is pleased to announce that he has recently released a monograph, published by Rizzoli Press.