Hello! My name is Mike Artwell. Through my designs I've learned architectural, functional, and spatial design. As a student, I study design processes, sensitivity and knowledge of material specification, and ethical problem solving. I utilize several presentation methods, including drawing, rendering, computer-aided design (CAD), and 3D modeling. After my time as an undergraduate student I intend on pursuing a career in the themed entertainment industry to participate in designing the next generation of ultra-immersive attractions and rides; as well as attending school for a masters degree in themed experience design.
"For the past 3 year Michael has demonstrated a sharp and creative mind for problem solving and design ideation. His conceptual skills are matched with excellent visual presentation skills and a real knack for presenting his work in a concise professional manner. Michael’s ability to research a problem far exceeded the normal Senior level in our program, his exceptional knack for thematic and graphic design can clearly be seen in his presentations and portfolio. Skill sets and craft aside his knowledge and enthusiasm for theme park design and entertainment experience design is unparalleled. Mike has wanted nothing more than to become a designer of Theme Parks and to work for one of the worlds best providers of themed entertainment in the Orlando or west coast attractions."
Michael A. Gollini
Associate Professor CIA/Interior Architecture
"I had the pleasure of working with Michael for the entirety of his internship with Universal Creative’s Resort Development team, the arm of the Universal Orlando Resort responsible for delivering new experiences across property in the areas of merchandise, food/beverage, and supporting facilities. In working with Michael on upcoming experiences throughout the resort, my colleagues and I quickly learned of his lofty aspirations within the industry of themed entertainment, and his ceaseless work ethic. He took to his position on our team quickly, and surprised us all with his vast and intimate knowledge of the industry, our design considerations, and the nuances of themed design that have allowed Universal to exceed guest expectations for decades.
I am an Associate Engineer in the Projects division of Resort Development, so I am chiefly tasked with the technical documentation (product specifications, construction documents, drawings, surveys, etc.) that drives massive construction endeavors. In that capacity, we delegate the many creative aspects of a project to architects and graphics designers on our internal staff. Michael was among the creative minds we tapped to develop concept imagery and mockups for new projects, which is an effective way of communicating the scope of projects to a nontechnical audience. This is his forte. In reviewing the deliverables he produced as an intern on our team, and in sifting through his portfolio online, it becomes immediately apparent that Michael has a talent for animating vivid concepts, in a variety of media. He was able to apply these concepts to a myriad of facility types, such as retail spaces adjacent to attractions, unexplored restaurant concepts, and in his free-time, new attractions. His affinity for themed entertainment drove him to network throughout Universal’s broad spectrum of professionals, and I hope he has made industry connections here that will ensure he makes a return to the company soon."
Adam Tara, EI
Universal Creative – Resort Development