Michael Nicklas graduated from NC State University with a Bachelor of Architecture and has been the President of Innovative Design since the firm was established in 1977. Mr. Nicklas has served on the board of directors of the NC Sustainable Energy Association (NCSEA), American Solar Energy Society (ASES) and the International Solar Energy Society (ISES) every year from 1979 to 2005. While serving on these boards, he led many significant efforts from implementing solar tax credits in the NC legislature to supporting energy-efficiency and solar energy included within the UN Earth Summit’s Agenda 21. In promoting solar energy, Mr. Nicklas has met with the heads-of-state of eight countries and presented lectures and organized conferences around the globe to educate and encourage sustainable energy.
Mr. Nicklas’ extensive knowledge of solar and architectural design has led him to become a valued resource in these areas. Appointments have included NC Energy Policy Council, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School Advisory Board, NC Solar Center chairman, US Office of Technology Assessment Renewable Energy Advisory Board, AIA Committee on the Environment Steering Committee, NC Trade and Industrial Education Advisory Committee, NC Governor’s Task Force on Solar Law, NC Department of Public Instruction Solar Advisory Committee and ASHRAE Advanced Energy Design Guide for K-12 Schools Committee representing AIA.