Born in Palestine, Texas, Mr. Ball is an architect at Mathes Brierre Architects in New Orleans. He received his Bachelor and Master of Architecture from Tulane University in 2007, where he received the School Medal from the American Institute of Architects. His professional involvement ranges from projects at the National World War II Museum to local universities such as Dillard and Loyola to the Federal City complex on New Orleans’s Westbank. He is currently involved with the design of a new PK–8 neighborhood school in New Orleans East. Michael is also an Associate Member of the American Institute of Architects, and is pursuing professional licensure. As a graphic artist and designer, Michael has worked with numerous organizations and events to create multiple visual identities for each. These include DesCours, an annual architecture and installation-art event in Downtown New Orleans and the French Quarter (5 years’ involvement); New Orleans Musica da Camera, the oldest continuously performing early-music ensemble in North America (10 years’ involvement); the NASA Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility in Palestine, Texas (lifelong involvement); and various others. As an avid listener and amateur French hornist throughout school and at Tulane, Michael’s longtime involvement with music led him to first become involved with the Birdfoot Festival in late 2011 and to participate in the Junior League of New Orleans’s Get On Board nonprofit training program. Much to Birdfoot’s delight, Michael continues to enjoy designing all of the Festival’s graphics.