Established in 2001, the office of Michael Belleau Architect has completed many residential, institutional, and industrial projects. Moving Maine towards a more sustainable future is our goal. Through a rigorous process of reduction entailing spatial exploration and structural research, MBA will develop a complete well-detailed energy efficient contemporary product. Beginning with the program, we challenge ourselves to reduce fossil fuel use; use locally sourced natural materials; eliminate wasteful spaces and duplicitous elements; not to avoid necessary spaces such as storage; and to make sure our clients receive only the best advice when spending their hard earned money. When our clients are happy with the resultant program the process of space creation begins with natural light, indoor/outdoor relationships, task flow, and user psychological needs the focus.
As you view the projects in this web site you will see how the requirements of each client are reflected in ways unique to them. Proof of our success is in the uplifting feeling our clients get whenever they are in the spaces we have created with them. These are spaces one could stay in forever.
The firm’s urban design work focuses on how best to serve the needs of our children and hence, ourselves. When we create places to serve the interests of our cars we are sending a message to our children that they are not important. When we create delightful places for our children to roam and play safely, we naturally create an environment conducive to low stress, peace, prosperity and sustainability.
Michael Belleau is an internationally Certified Passive House Designer the world's most sustainable standard and brings this to MBA's work.
MBA creates low energy use appropriate to client's situation using knowledge in order to make the best use of available funds. We want to help you raise the quality of your life.
Michael Belleau returned to his home state of Maine after studying in Boston and London. Prior to opening his own office, he worked in offices in Boston and throughout Maine on institutional, educational, governmental, and residential projects. A former commercial fisherman, Michael enjoys combining the poetics of physical movement in the presence of nature to create architecture. A graduate of Orono Maine High School, he is committed to building a better Maine.
Michael is a registered architect in Maine, has taught at the Boston Architectural College and University of Maine Augusta, written many urban design articles about Maine for the Maine Sunday Telegram, member of the city of Portland's Green Building Initiative Task, 6 year former Board Member of Architalx, former YMCA Advisory Board member, youth basketball coach for YMCA, Portland Parks and Rec, Boys and Girls Club, and local high school. He lives in town Portland with his wife and their two sons.
Architecture is the stage for man’s interaction with space and objects around him. Our minds process the information taken in through the senses and send reactive signals to our bodies for physical response and to our minds to create emotions and stimulate pattern searching.
It is the architect’s responsibility to create spaces that provide appropriate emotional states and patterns for the pleasure of the mind and comfort of the body.
The world is a constantly mutating organism, each pattern of growth and decay changing so that no such fixed state exists. This is true of our thoughts individually and collectively. Every interaction of one thought with another changes each thought into a new mutated one. The sciences of chaos, complexity, fuzzy logic and fractal mathematics attempt to identify the patterns of growth and change. Architecture must allow us to feel comfortable in the world we find ourselves. Thus, the places we create should allow for thoughts of constant mutation, recombination, dissolution and birth.
Every thesis implies an antithesis. As each thought bifurcates into ‘a’, and, ‘not a’, and the implications of the ‘not a’ give rise to a new modified ‘a’ thought, ‘b’, and thus to an opposite ‘not b’ thought, an infinite series of thoughts is implied. This is true of spatial thoughts for the architect. Thus, it is impossible to consider a platonic form as a complete thought for there is no such thing as completion.
Our minds operate as neural nets with an almost infinite number of connections between neurons. Thus each thought is like a cloud pattern. Memory consists of thicker synaptic connections and thus is a huge part of our perception. We should use memory to stimulate the emotions to create new combinations of perception and not as food for ideation. For history is a gift already given.
Architecture must guide patterns in the physical environment towards a healthier outcome through redirection and the occasional more aggressive spatial event.
My work seeks to harness this energy to enhance the users quality of life.