Michael Buschbacher II
Principal Planner

Michael Buschbacher received both his undergraduate degree in Urban Planning and Landscape Architecture concurrently from Arizona State University.  Prior to joining Earl & Curley, Michael worked for over twenty-five years in both public and private sector residential, commercial, and industrial planning. He began his career with Arizona State University Facilities and Planning Department, where he worked for seven years specializing in campus planning and landscape architecture.

He then moved into the private sector as a planning and design professional for several top local Planning and Landscape Architecture firms, where he assisted clients in obtaining various zoning entitlements, special use permits, landscape designs, construction document, site plan approvals, and use permits. He has represented clients for projects in almost every jurisdiction in the Phoenix metro area, the outlying communities and in nearby states.

Michael was one of the founding members of the ASU Sustainability Committee and served on the original light-rail technical committee at the City of Tempe. He also has experience advocating for complete streets, green infrastructure, and active transportation policy both locally and nationally.

He is a past-president of the Arizona Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects, serving from 2008 to 2010. His awards include: A “Crescordia” for Environmental Design Excellence from Valley Forward, honorable mention in the ASLA nation design competition and has received honorariums for speaking. Michael has presented at state conferences for American Planning Association, Arizona State University and the American Society of Landscape Architects.  He has also presented at the National Association of Home Builders Conference.

He served on the Board of Directors for Arizona Clean and Beautiful and currently volunteers in his community to help the homeless and assists with local food banks. In his spare time Michael enjoys cycling, hiking, and backpacking with his wife, son, and two rescue dogs.