She graduated in 1985 from the University of Cape Town with a first-class pass and distinction in Studio Work and Building Construction and has not stopped designing since.
Michele’s architectural career started at GAPP as an architect-in-training after which she moved to MLH Architects as a Design Architect. A three-year stint in London and Gaborone, Botswana, was followed by a return to MLH in 1990. Michele left there as a Director in 1997 to start her own company, MSa Michele Sandilands Architects. She also serves as an external examiner at the University of Cape Town and the University of Pretoria.