Michael A. Newton was born and raised on Curaçao. Studied Architecture and got his Masters at the Technical University of Delft (Netherlands).
From 1988-1993 he worked at the Curaçao Department of Urban Planning and Housing on the first Monuments-policy of the Curaçao government.
From 1993-2017 he worked as a conservation-architect at the Curaçao Monuments Fund Foundation.
He wrote various publications on the historic architecture of Curaçao and urban renewal. Presented papers at different conferences in the Caribbean (Curaçao, Aruba, St. Maarten, Barbados, Trinidad, Suriname, Jamaica, Guyana, Havana) and the Netherlands on conservation and city renewal projects in Willemstad; since 1997 a UNESCO World Heritage Site.Member of ICOMOS (International Council on Monuments and Sites) Together with the Monuments bureau of Curaçao and the Technical Faculty of the University of Curaçao initiator in 2005 of the Heritage Education course.
He was involved, also with the University, in the implementation of the UNESCO Caribbean Capacity Building Program, with the aim to educate (World)-Heritage professionals in the Caribbean. In 2015, he established ‘Newton Heritage Consulting’ which firm focusses on
- Consultancy in the broad field of built heritage.
- Consultancy for World Heritage projects.
- Consultancy regarding the development and management of (heritage) projects in general.
- Developing heritage education projects.
Newton worked as a heritage consultant during the last two years in Curaçao, Aruba, Bonaire, Suriname, Belize and the Bahamas.