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Michael Diggiss, owner and principal of the firm Michael Diggiss & Associates (MDA Designs) has more than 30 years of architectural and project management experience under his belt. MDA Designs major clients include Albany Development, Atlantis Resort, Lyford Cay Club and Doctors Hospital. He was also the Lead Consultant for the $100 million Critical Care Block for the PMH. A rebel at heart, Diggiss true gift is taking that which only can be dreamed in your imagination and bringing it to life. Diggiss is a founding member of the Construction Seminar Group (CSG), a Certified Project Manager with the Project Management Institute (PMI) as well as the International Association of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), and distinguished lecturer.
Prior to founding MDA Designs, Diggiss served as Project Architect with The Architects Partnership for two years and Managing Director and Project Manager at Jackson Burnside Limited for more than 10 years, overseeing the design and construction of several multi-million dollar projects which include most notably the $750 million Atlantis Phase 1&2 and the College of the Bahamas’ $7.5 million Phase I northern campus project.
He obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture from Carleton University, Ottawa ON Canada in 1985 and in 1994 completed a Professional Certification Program (PMP) in Project Management with the Project Management Institute, Pennsylvania (Ottawa Canada site).
In 1997 he obtained a Master’s Degree in Business Administration at Nova Southeastern University and in that same year, he became a registered architect for the Professional Architects Board in Nassau Bahamas and served on the board Disciplinary Committee in 2002.
Diggiss is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Bahamas Branch as well as the current Chairman. (2020 to 2021). He was appointed Chairman of the Queens College Foundation in the 2015. He is the host of the radio show, BLUEPRINT for CHANGE, a show that focuses on issues related to our national challenges. He is also the Senior Project Manager for the EXPO Bahamas Pavilion scheduled to open in October 2021 in Dubai UAE.
An avid reader and mentor, Diggiss has also taught courses on an array of subjects including, Hotel Planning and Design Management, Property Management, Human Resources, MIS and Operations Management at Nova Southeastern (Nassau Campus), Bahamas Baptist College, UWI (Nassau Campus).