Michael Thomas Fries
Michael Thomas Fries, AIA, 62, passed away unexpectedly on February 6, 2021. He was born in Norwalk, Ohio, and graduated from Miami University in 1981 with a Bachelor of Environmental Design, and the University Of Texas School Of Architecture in 1984 with a Master of Architecture.
Michael and his wife Margaret were married in 1983 and moved to Phoenix, Arizona three years later. In 1995, they started FM GROUP INC, an architectural, environmental, and facilities firm that celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2020, currently works in 50 states and around the world. In addition to starting his own firm and serving as the president of FM GROUP INC, over the years Michael taught at Arizona State University and The Asbestos Institute. He also volunteered for many years with the Rio Salado Architecture Foundation including serving on its board.
He loved to travel, especially with his family, and enjoyed sharing stories of their trips over the last couple of years to China, Mexico, Germany, New York City, and riding on a Mardi Gras parade float in New Orleans.
Michael had a remarkable appetite for life, an eye for detail, and a huge heart. One of the legacies he was proudest of was the mentorship and friendship he provided employees, colleagues and co-workers over the years. He is survived by his wife, children, parents, and brother and will be missed by innumerable uncles, aunts, cousins and friends.
Due to the current pandemic, a socially-distant, masked, visitation window with the family will occur on February 27th from 10am-12pm at Phoenix Memorial Park Cemetery.
Video condolences may be left for the family at https://www.tribute.co/mtfries
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Michaels's memory to the Rio Salado Architecture Foundation Historic Preservation Project. Donations can be made through the website at https://rio-salado-architecture-foundation.square.site/product/michael-fries-aia-rsaf-archives-memorial-fund/24?cs=true&cst=custom