Michael Tower Architecture is an architecture and design practice founded in New York City. Our firm creates private and public spaces that express a clear and modern sensibility. At heart, we are humanists and the work our team creates is the product of a meaningful dialogue with our clients.



Our approach toward making architecture is based on enduring concepts of design. We explore clean and clear expressions of form, material, and detail. Beyond meeting the needs of our clients program, our team gives voice and identity to every element.




Michael Tower, AIA

Michael’s passion for architecture began in Detroit, Michigan where he was inspired by the power and beauty of old factories. He grew up surrounded by makers, artists and engineers acutely aware of the material world and the role of design and production. That love, along with a growing interest in art led him to New York City to study architecture. It was here that Michael began to refine an aesthetic that expresses the power and beauty of design born from a dialogue with the people involved.

Michael earned his bachelor’s degree in architecture from the Cooper Union and his master’s in architecture from Yale University where he graduated with honors.

He is a member of the American Institute of Architects, The Architecture Lobby, and is a registered architect in New York State.


Sara Helgheim

Sara’s interest in architecture was sparked as a school child in Oslo on her cold walks home during the dark Norwegian winters looking inside the brightly lit townhouse windows, indexes of how differently people organized their homes to suit their lives. She is still fascinated at the surprising possibilities that come from our everyday interactions with architecture.

Sara brings that same enthusiasm to all aspects of our projects, carrying our design work forward into the fine grain aspects of drawings and specifications.

She holds a BA and MA in Architecture from the Royal Danish School of Architecture in Copenhagen, Denmark.