Our Key Staff
Laura Michaelides, Four Square’s principal designer, grew up in the New York City area, and received her design training and early professional experience there. Since moving to Houston in 1999, she has become known for thoughtful, clean-lined interiors with a sensitivity and respect for architectural space.
Laura has a modernist sensibility, and her work is characterized by tight color palettes and well-proportioned spaces. Her projects often mix old and new, highlighting each by means of the contrast with the other, and she enjoys adapting older structures for modern use, honoring a building’s origins while anchoring her work in the present. Her clients value and appreciate her attention to their needs and aesthetic sensibilities.
Before beginning her formal design education, Laura worked in the field of Historic Preservation, and those early experiences helped shape her knowledge and appreciation of historic structures. Laura’s early professional experience included commercial and residential design at ISD Incorporated, Brezavar and Brezavar Architects, and Naomi Leff and Associates, all in New York City.
Laura holds a B.A. in Art History from Oberlin College, and graduated summa cum laude from the Interior Design program at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. She has passed the national NCIDQ certification exam, qualifying her to be a professional member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) and a registered interior designer in the state of Texas (registration no. 10776).
Sarah Hannah joined Four Square in 2014. Sarah’s previous professional design experience has ranged from working at a commercial interiors firm specializing in large-scale corporate campuses, to a stint at a small residential-design firm, to several years at an architecture firm known for fabrication and installation of large-scale civic artwork.
Sarah’s six years of focusing on fabrication and installation put her in contact with a wide range of craftsmen and fabricators throughout Houston. In her civic art installation projects, she worked with companies whose usual lines of work ran more to gate fabrication and oilfield drilling equipment, and steered them instead through the process of creating large metal sculptures. Encouraging fabricators to work outside of their comfort zone yielded incredible results, as well as a large rolodex of resources.
These experiences have left Sarah well versed in technical drawings, the permitting process, and project and construction management.
Sarah was born in Houston and holds a B.A. in Art History and History from Rice University, as well as a Master of Fine Arts in Interior Design from the University of Houston.
Evan Michaelides manages the administrative and financial operations of Four Square so that our designers can concentrate on clients and creative work. Evan joined Four Square in 2014 after a 30-year career in software design, development and project management, in the course of which he also acquired experience in many aspects of running a small but growing business. Evan holds a bachelor’s degree from Yale University. In his youth, he was a competitive chess player; he holds the title of Chess Master and was the 1977 Missouri state chess champion.