National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Glenn Research Center

Michael Lamberty

Michael LambertyUniversity of Houston, SICSA (Sasakawa International Center for Space Architecture)
Houston, TX

Space Architecture
Master of Science, May 2006

NASA Academy 2007 Logistics Manager


Since everyone asks, space architecture the high-level design and integration of space vehicles, habitats, structures, and missions. It draws on terrestrial architecture and design, engineering, physics, physiology, psychology, and a partridge in a pear tree with the goal of creating useful spacecraft designs. It is in some ways similar to systems engineering. Very little is “someone else’s problem”, which makes space architecture both very exciting and a little intimidating.

I also have a bachelor’s degree in physics from Gustavus Adolphus College, but people usually recognize that one. As an undergraduate, I was fortunate to have the chance to study the manner in which wintergreen Lifesavers make little flashes of light when you crunch them between your teeth.


I worked for the better part of a decade in various engineering roles, mainly aerospace. Among other things, I helped build parts of the power system for the International Space Station. I later drifted out of engineering into (of all things) patent law. Eventually I realized that I was much happier working with spacecraft, so I packed up my life, moved to Houston, and went back to being a student again to learn more about how to design them.

I was an RA in the 2005 NASA Academy at MSFC, working on instrument designs for potential future planetary rovers. In 2006 I was the Operations Manager for the 2006 NASA Academy at MSFC. As of the summer of 2007, I am also the Vice President of Operations for the NASA Academy Alumni Association.

Extra-Curricular Activities

I’m an intellectual omnivore. I’m happy to learn almost anything, with the possible exception of what hot dogs are really made of. I also like to understand how things work, and learn how to make them myself. I’m a reasonably good potter, and I’ve dabbled in glassblowing, lampworking, silverworking, woodworking, bookbinding. Non-craft hobbies have included kung fu, stage combat, history, computer graphics and animation, horseback riding, and making ice cream using liquid nitrogen.