Kirksey promotes Michael La Nasa to Director of pK-12 Projects – Central Texas to drive strategic growth

Kirksey Architecture promotes Michael La Nasa, AIA to Director of pK-12 Projects – Central Texas. Michael has significant expertise in school architecture and a passion for creating education environments that elevate the learning and teaching experience. He has been instrumental in growing Kirksey’s pK-12 practice in Central Texas and will continue to focus on strategic regional growth. 

Michael joined Kirksey in 2005 with a focus on Education and Community projects, and he moved to Austin in 2019 after Kirksey opened a Central Texas office. Michael leads and lends his talents to education projects for clients such as Austin ISD, Round Rock ISD, San Antonio ISD, and The University of Texas. He is an expert in applying the latest teaching pedagogies, 21st-Century learning techniques, and sustainable practices to create learning environments where students and teachers thrive. 

Nicola Springer, Executive Vice President and Director of pK-12 Projects, states, “Michael brings enthusiasm and specialized expertise to public and private school projects, from campus master planning, innovative passively ventilated aquatic centers, and impactful renovations to flexible, engaging learning spaces. His energy, experience, and industry relationships will absolutely support Kirksey’s pK-12 growth in Central Texas.” 

“Michael’s dedication to Kirksey and his education projects over the last 16+ years means so much to us a firm,” says Kirksey President Wes Good. “Elevating Michael conveys our commitment to Kirksey’s pK-12 practice and developing the knowledge-based leadership that truly makes our firm special.” As a UT Austin alum and father of two, Michael says, “Shaping education spaces in Central Texas that are inspiring, healthy, and safe is extremely important to me on both a professional and personal level. I’m looking forward to expanding our impact and becoming a resource for our schools and growing local Districts.”

The Kirksey Austin office opened in May 2018 after serving Central Texas for over 20 years. The Central Texas team recently moved to an exciting location in East Austin at Springdale General to support the expanding practice. Kirksey is currently hiring for several positions in Austin.