Michael graduated from Edinburgh College of Art in 1987 with a Bachelor in Architecture Honours degree and a Diploma in Architecture. His experience started with Irvine Development Corporation, then a two year spell with Andrew Merrylees Associates where he worked on the new campus for Herriot Watt University. He joined Roland Wedgwood Associates in 1987 and was involved in several projects including various nursing homes, developments throughout Edinburgh New Town and interior design work for various clients.
From there he went to work for The Michael Laird Partnership on the new Standard Life Headquarters Building and a restoration project to conserve the facade of Jenners Department Store in Princes Street, Edinburgh.
In 1993 Michael set up his own practice, Michael Gray Architects. The practice was involved in a wide range of projects both commercial and residential. House of Menzies in Aberfeldy received an APRS award. Atholl estates saw the completion of a very successful reception building for the Caravan Park at Blair Castle. A complex including shops, bar and restaurant was completed in Kenmore for the holiday centre.
The practice also worked on large conservation projects including the restoration of a grade A listed church near Falkirk which was funded by Heritage Lottery Fund, Historic Scotland and the Scottish Churches Architectural Heritage Trust. It recently completed the restoration and alteration of a B-listed country house on the West coast of Scotland.
Michael gained Conservation Accreditation from the RIAS in April 2015.