Mike was born in Panama where his father was stationed as a First Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy. After his father’s retirement from the Navy the family moved to Arizona, briefly living in Winslow and then settling in Chandler, AZ in 1956. Mike attended Arizona State University, majoring in Architecture. He interned with Whitneybell Architects and joined the firm after graduating in 1979. Mike was made Vice-President in 1987 and later a partner with the firm. Whitneybell Perry Inc has grown into a multi-office, award winning Architecture and Planning company. Mike has been integral in the design and development of many of the firm’s master plans and multi-family projects. As an architect he is registered in Arizona as well as New Mexico, Nevada, Colorado and Texas.
Whitneybell Perry Architects is currently designing a Masterplan for Veterans First Ltd., Honor House and Veterans & Athletes to develop REVEILLE, ARIZONA a Healing Campus for our Veterans, Operation Healing Journey.
Whitneybell Perry believes in community involvement. As the creators of the annual Turkey Trot Fun Run we have helped raise almost $600,000 for the American Diabetes Association’s Camp AZDA for children with Diabetes. The firm as been awarded the “Alfred P. Sloan Award” for flexibility in the workplace and also an Architectural Excellence award from the City of Chandler in 2007 and again in 2010.
He has been an active member of Phoenix’s southeast valley community, holding former volunteer posts with the City of Chandler’s Design Review board and Chairman of the Chandler Planning & Zoning Commission. He has also served on the Town of Queen Creek Planning Commission.
Mike is very active volunteer with the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life of Chandler fundraising event. Participating for the last 15 years and chairing the event from 2012-2015. During his leadership as Event Chair the Chandler Relay raised almost one million dollars and since his 15 year involvement the Chandler Relay for Life has raised almost two million dollars for Cancer research and programs. He was subsequently named a 2015 ACS Hero of Hope, a highly visible symbol of personal victory over cancer and encouraging support and participation in the programs of the American Cancer Society.
Mike has been recognized twice by the Chandler Chamber of Commerce for Outstanding Leadership in the community. He received the Linda Rainford Award in 2015 from the Desert Cancer Foundation of Arizona for his contribution to the betterment of cancer education, prevention and treatment in the community.