LISSA SO

Marvel Architects

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New York Based Designer

Who or what inspires you professionally?

I’m inspired by the creative minds on my team at Marvel. We strive to promote a truly equitable and collaborative environment where everyone has a voice.

Lissa So

Bio:

Lissa So is a Founding Partner of Marvel Architects, where she oversees the firm’s cultural, institutional, residential, and historic projects. So’s experience includes the award-winning St. Ann’s Warehouse in New York; TheatreSquared,
a nationally-recognized theatre in Arkansas;
and the restoration of Broadway’s Lyric Theatre. In an effort to promote women and minorities
in architecture, So collaborated with Phipps Neighborhoods to provide after-school programs to under-served communities.

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

A childhood friend said she wanted to be an architect. At that time, I had no idea what that meant. I grew up in a small town upstate that had one architect in town, an older gentleman. The idea stuck, and my friend and I are now both architects.

What do you do?

I’m driven to design innovative architecture that effortlessly accommodates the user and creates uniquely beautiful spaces.

What excites you in the work you do?

I’m excited that the spaces we design can have a transformative impact on our communities.

Who or what inspires you professionally?

I’m inspired by the creative minds on my team at Marvel. We strive to promote a truly equitable and collaborative environment where everyone has a voice.

What is your proudest professional accomplishment or achievement?

We just topped out on a new YMCA in the Bronx. A community member who fought for 30 years for a center to be built in his neighborhood helped celebrate. Designing a beautiful building in this deserving community is a very proud moment in my career.

Featured Project Name: 

TheatreSquared

 

Featured Project Location: 

Fayetteville, AK

 

Featured Project Completion Date: 

2019 

Role in Featured Project: 

Partner In Charge

Featured Project Description:

TheatreSquared in Fayetteville, Arkansas provides a permanent home for Northwest Arkansas’s only year-round professional theatre. The theatre company creates nationally acclaimed productions that reach 45,000 patrons each year and has a significant educational outreach program that gives students across the region access to live performances and leading arts-based learning tools. T2’s new home includes two theatres, a dedicated rehearsal/event space, offices, education and community spaces.

Photography Credit:

Greg Maka, Timothy Hursley

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