Az Business and AZRE magazines announced the publications’ lists of the Most Influential Women in Arizona of 2023, including Michelle Rutkowski, owner/design director of MOR Studio. In celebration of the 12th anniversary of the Most Influential Women program, is profiling one of the Most Influential Women of 2023 each day leading up to the Most Influential Women of 2023 dinner and reception.

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The Most Influential Women for 2023 will be honored at a reception on Thursday, August 17 at Chateau Luxe in Phoenix. For sponsorship information, email For information about the event honoring the Most Influential Women, email or click here. To buy tickets, click here.

Michelle Rutkowski, owner/design director, MOR Studio

BACKGROUND: Michelle Rutkowski founded MOR Studio in 2016, to deliver exceptional service and design from concept to completion. Her 20 years of expertise spans various sectors, including religious, municipal, office, restaurant and family entertainment projects. Rutkowski’s quick iterative design process and technical proficiency enable her to bring the best design solutions to the table for her clients. 

CAREER PATH INSPIRATION: “Seeing the positive impact that good design can have on people’s lives and the built environment is exceedingly fulfilling. I feel privileged to have the opportunity to work in a field that allows me to pursue my passions and make a real difference in the world.”

SOURCE OF PRIDE: “I’m proud of starting my own commercial architecture business — a challenging and rewarding experience. It inspires me to encourage others to pursue their entrepreneurial dreams. Although daunting, the rewards of creating something unique and pursuing your vision on your own terms are immeasurable with hard work and perseverance.”

SOURCE OF INSPIRATION: “The amazing women in AZCREW have supported me through my professional journey, helping me grow personally and professionally. Their mentorship and advocacy empowered me, and I credit them for where I am today. The group’s dedication to advancing women in real estate is remarkable, and I’m honored to be a part of it.”

SURPRISING FACT: “I have a secret talent that I’m pretty decent at — sketching faces. So if you ever catch me staring at you during a meeting, don’t worry, I’m not trying to hypnotize you or anything. I’m just trying to capture your good side.” 

Michelle Rutkowski, owner/design director of MOR Studio.