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JOY MARTIN

Joy Martin Architecture, PLLC

SAY IT LOUD - Minnesota Exhibitor

Minnesota Based Designer

Who or what inspires you professionally?

The minority architects and designers who came before me have paved the way for my success. The women who had to fight for the changes in the workplace from the 1960’s-1980’s are the shoulders on which I stand now and am forever grateful.

JOY MARTIN

Bio:

The Great architect, Joy martin received her BS in Design in 1999 from Clemson University in South Carolina. After a 4 year internship period in Miami, Florida, she attended the University of Oregon, focusing on Sustainable design for her Masters degree. Joy spent the next 8 years working in urban design and multi-family residential in Vancouver, BC. In 2013, she relocated to Minneapolis, where she started Joy Martin Architecture, a boutique studio with a focus on residential and custom commercial projects.

How did you first learn about architecture and when did you decide that built environment profession was an area of interest for you?

I learned about architecture when I was in 8th grade; we had a unit on architecture history which included a walking tour of my hometown: Charleston, SC. When I went to college and saw the pinned-up presentations I knew that was the major for me!

What do you do?

I am the Owner and Principal Architect of my own firm: Joy Martin Architecture, PLLC. Me and my team create space for people to be their authentic selves through the creative expression of built environments.

What excites you in the work you do?

Currently in my sixth year of business, I have achieved enough success to be able to meaningfully give back to the community. We have chosen to focus our philanthropic efforts on social justice and diversifying the design industry.

Who or what inspires you professionally?

The minority architects and designers who came before me have paved the way for my success. The women who had to fight for the changes in the workplace from the 1960’s-1980’s are the shoulders on which I stand now and am forever grateful.

What is your proudest professional accomplishment or achievement?

Starting my own architecture studio and hiring the three women who make up my team has been my proudest achievement. Landing the opportunity to work on the project presented here, is by far my biggest professional accomplishment.

Featured Project Name: 

Du Nord BIPOC Wealth Project

 

Featured Project Location: 

North Minneapolis, MN

 

Featured Project Completion Date: 

2024

 

Role in Featured Project: 

Architect

 

Featured Project Description:

This moment in time presents an opportunity to create an economic development model with a goal to build wealth in BIPOC communities and increase BIPOC ownership of commercial property in the Twin Cities. The proposed site study includes a new distillery production facility with incubator business space to support BIPOC entrepreneurs. The building will feature community education, an urban greenhouse, event space, and a large commercial kitchen for use by budding BIPOC owned food businesses.

Photography Credit:

Team: Joy Martin, Laura Cayere-King, Allison Landers, Kayla Holzhauer