emotional value through design
  • Wolfgang Michel

    Wolfgang Michel

    Owner and CEO

    Building on the values his father instilled in the firm over 40 years ago, Wolfgang Michel has led MICHELGROUP for over 20 years. He works closely with the firm’s clients and stays involved in the project work. As the firm continues to evolve, Wolfgang has developed a strong professional leadership team for which he personally mentors.

    With experience and projects in strategic consulting, architecture, and project development, Wolfgang and the MICHELGROUP team bring a unique combination of knowledge and points-of-view to each and every assignment. This offering has established MICHELGROUP as an expert in the field of strategy consultancy and has created an exceptional added value for the firm’s clients and partners.

    Wolfgang understands that the development of the strategy and positioning for each project is critical for success. He is personally involved in the strategy and conceptual work of many of the firm’s projects.

    Recent assignments include the re-development of a historic "Landmark Building" in Belgium; the development of a hotel on Navy Pier in Chicago; the development of a new retail format for Dufry; the collaboration for the strategic re-positioning of Karstadt department stores; the concept development for SIGNA of an inner-city quarter in Munich; the strategy and design of the REDI Shopping Center in Helsinki; and the development strategy for the Royal Tropical Institute in Amsterdam.

    The passionate pursuit of creating value through best-in-class strategy and design continues to be the mission of Wolfgang and the MICHELGROUP team.

  • Barbara Leonard

    Barbara Leonard

    Chief Operating Officer

    As Chief Operating Officer of MICHELGROUP, Barbara Leonard leads Strategy, Marketing, and contributes to the Operational Effectiveness of the firm. In addition, she is responsible for cultivating client relationships ensuring that the firm’s clients are served best and benefit from the innovation and talents of MICHELGROUP.

    Barbara’s primary strength is developing communications and consensus with clients throughout the project process. She has collaborated with clients in developing positioning and vision strategies, benchmark research studies as well as consulting on marketing and communication strategies. Additionally, she keeps her finger on the pulse of the international market with a focus on the changing consumer behaviours and developing trends in the North American and European Urban environments as well as the international marketplace. Representing the firm at international conferences and events, Barbara has participated as a panel speaker at the World Retail Conference in Berlin presenting “Innovation – new trends and growth across global retail markets”.

    Throughout her career, Barbara has built strong client relationships with international clients such as Beymen in Istanbul; Kalasatama Centre in Helsinki; “The Circle” at Zurich Airport; El Corte Ingles in Madrid, Abercrombie and Fitch; Shinsegae in Seoul, Korea; and Parkson in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia.

    While working at Hillier Architects, Barbara had been a member of the Dallas Chamber of Commerce Sustainable Architecture Committee and the Greenspace Committee. In collaboration with her colleague Frank Sherman (US Green Building Council Board of Directors Member and Leadership Task Force Co-Chair), she conducted LEED Design presentations and seminars to corporations and municipal organizations.

  • Nico Santuario

    Nico Santuario

    Studio Director

    Studio Director, Nico Santuario leads the firm’s Architectural Practice. Through the organization and management of the Architectural Studio, he ensures that the planning, design, development, and implementation of the firm’s projects are successfully completed. In addition, he participates in the business development activities of the firm.

    Nico’s strength lies in his consistency to bring the balance of listening, flexibility, and excellence to the firm’s clients, partners, and associates as well as for the growth and development of the firm’s team members. In the role of liaison, he manages the process and communications among the project’s owners and investors as well as key stakeholders. His philosophy of Agile Leadership facilitates the MICHELGROUP Values of collaborative spirit, to motivate and inspire each other to enjoy the creative process and to deliver forward-thinking solutions.

    With almost 20 years of experience as a general planner and architect, Nico has built a deep expertise as a practiced communicator between planners, builders, and contractors working on a variety of project types such as commercial, mixed-use, administration, industrial, education, and residential buildings. Many of his projects have included the integration and implementation of sustainability certifications such as LEED

  • Claudene Anderson

    Claudene Anderson

    Director of International Retail Projects

    As Director of International Retail Projects, Claudene Anderson leads the in-house team for Retail projects including Strategy, Store Planning, Architecture, and Design. Her excellent project management expertise has been derived from leading interior design projects for global department store clients such as Bloomingdale’s and Macy’s in the U.S.; Shinsegae in Korea; Hudson’s Bay in Canada; Liverpool in Mexico; Parkson in Malaysia; Almacenes Paris in Chile; and David Jones in Australia. In addition, Claudene has led and directed projects luxury stores such as Holt Renfrew in Toronto Canada and Neiman Marcus in Dallas, Texas. 

    Her experience also includes specialty retail and restaurant clients such as Bailey, Banks & Biddle (Zale Corporation); Lewis Retail Centers; Connect Wireless; Brunos/Food World.

  • Rainer Gulde

    Rainer Gulde

    Project Director

    As Project Director, Rainer Gulde leads the firm’s in-house team for retail projects including Strategy Planning, Architecture, and Interior Design. With over 15 years of experience, he has developed significant knowledge and expertise to lead all aspects of the project from strategy to full implementation. His primary strength is in working with the client from the initial planning and conceptual stages through project development and direction of all details of the project management process resulting in a fully realized, successful project.

    Rainer Gulde has an expertise in a wide variety of project types including international retail brands, department stores, and shopping centers. His client projects have included Hugo Boss Flagship in Paris, France; Tommy Hilfiger in Mannheim, Germany; Porsche Museum Store in Stuttgart, Germany; and the Stuttgart 21 Shopping Center in Germany.

  • Tina Bauer

    Tina Bauer

    Project Director

    As Project Director, Tina directs the architectural design strategies and concepts from development through the technical implementation resulting in the successful completion of the firm’s projects. She works closely with the clients and oversees the in-house teams throughout the entire project process including conceptual design, creative development, refinement, documentation, and construction management. In addition, she coordinates the communications and traffic between the project designer, engineers, and client’s representative. Her responsibilities include maintaining and controlling the project schedule and budget.

    Working for both architectural and development firms, Tina has over 13 years of practicing architecture on a variety of project types such as municipal, mixed-use, education, and residential buildings in Germany and Switzerland. Within her municipal and educational projects, she has integrated and implemented historical preservation requirements as well as sustainability certifications (DGNB). Her most recent projects have included a mixed-use urban complex in Pforzheim, Germany and the architectural design of the new Weleda Logistic Center in Schwäbisch-Gmünd, Germany.

  • Anna Trunk

    Anna Trunk

    Key Account Manager Retail Projects

    As Key Account Manager Retail Projects, Anna is responsible for business development, client relationships, and project leadership. Working closely with the firm’s clients, she leads the strategy and conceptual process through realization ensuring that all the practical design details are worked through to a successful project that encapsulates the client’s vision. In addition, Anna directs and manages the in-house teams throughout the entire project process including conceptual design, creative development, refinement and documentation, and program management.

    Anna’s deep experience has been derived from working with numerous Department Store groups located in various countries including master planning and retail design for clients such as Beymen and Boyner Department Stores in Istanbul, Manor Department Stores in Switzerland, de Bijenkorf and V&D in The Netherlands, Lotte Department Stores in Korea, and Robinsons in Singapore.

  • Thomas Andermatt

    Thomas Andermatt

    Director and Advisory Board Member

    Thomas has a deep expertise in the development, planning, and construction of large-scale mixed-use development projects. He understands that the initial phases of development, strategic planning, and multi-layered professional cooperation is key for the success of special development and large-scale projects.

    As Director and Advisory Board Member, Thomas brings over 15 years of international experience working in the Real Estate Development and Planning industry.

    During his career, Thomas has held executive positions including Head of Real Estate Development for AXA REIM; Head of Development for “The Circle at Zurich Airport” ; Developer and Project Director at Heller Enterprises Zurich for strategic projects such as former industrial and military areas in the city centers; Client Relations Leader at Brandenberger+Ruosch Zurich for the refurbishment of Shopping Center, University Buildings and Hospitals; and Stakeholder Communicator and Project Manager for the Cultural and Convention Center "Kultur-und Kongresszentum KKL" in Lucerne. Thomas was a Member of the Management of SME Company for nine years. In addition, he is a Commercial Judge at the court for the Canton of Zurich.

  • Patrick Graf

    Patrick Graf

    Advisory Board Member

    As Advisory Board Member, Patrick Graf brings to Michelgroup over 20 years of experience working in the Travel and Retail Industry. An international Thought-Leader, Patrick he has obtained a multi-cultural knowledge and network through his international projects.

    Currently, Patrick holds the position of Member of Group Management for the Watches division at the Bucherer Group. He is an Advisory Board Member of “The Circle” at Zurich Airport; the Chairman of ACI (Airports Council International Europe Commercial Committee); and a Member of the Board of Exclusive Adventure Ltd.

    During the last 10 years, he has held multiple positions with the Zurich Airport including Senior Vice President Commercial and Member of the Management Team responsible for the strategic planning, development, and marketing of the commercial business. Prior to joining Zurich Airport, Patrick was a member of the Executive Management with the Nuance Group Ltd.

  • Peter Trimp

    Peter Trimp

    Advisory Board Member

    Peter Trimp is a Thought Leader in Urban Planning and Concept Development specializing in complex urban Mixed-Use and Shopping Center projects. His philosophy is that traditional project development, which has been mainly based on economic models, should also incorporate urban, architectural, and aesthetic qualities as well as localized aspects of the individual project. He brings this integrated policy of design and development process to every client project, working out the concept design for projects so that the economic, feasibility, sustainability, and quality aspects are in full harmony. 

    Peter’s work has been driven by his passion to transform environments into “living, breathing, inspiring spaces” that serve the greater public and inspire individuals. These transformed environments result in measurable value for the owners as well as a high standard of quality of life for people.

    During his illustrious career, Peter’s projects have received numerous awards including Centrum Galerie in Dresden (Excellent BREEAM Certification); Forum Mersin in Turkey (ICSC Europe Award Best New Development); Victoria Square in Belfast (Civic Trust Award, Best Retail Award RIAI Irish Architecture Award Dublin, ReStore Recognition, ICSC Commendation); Supermarkt in The Hague (NRW Award); Stadsfeestzaal in Antwerp (ULI Award for Excellence Europe, BLRW Award for Best Shopping Center in Belgium and Luxembourg); Entre Deux Maastricht (ICSC Award, FGH Real Estate Award, ICSC Design & Development Award). 

    While leading T+T Design and through his collaboration together with Hans van Veggel and Ton van Dam of Multi Development, the philosophy of “Design & Development” was created in 1987. This led to an intensive cooperation between T+T Design and Multi Development with over 190 completed projects over a time span of more than 30 years.