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MICHAEL MARSHALL

Michael Marshall Design

SAY IT LOUD - SXSW Exhibitor
SAY IT LOUD(ER) - SXSW Exhibitor
SAY IT LOUD - A'19 Exhibitor
SAY IT LOUD - Washington DC Exhibitor
SAY IT LOUD - NOMA 50th Exhibition


Washington DC Based Designer

Who or what inspires you professionally?

I am inspired every day to contribute to communities where young kids (like I was) who do not think they can afford to attend college or live a fulfilled, meaningful life can be educated, uplifted and inspired to realize their full potential.

MICHAEL MARSHALL

Bio:
The great designer, MMD president Michael Marshall has completed projects in DC and beyond, including Howard Theatre, UDC’s Student Center, Chuck Brown Memorial, DC public schools, DC’s Entertainment & Sports Arena and currently, a new HQ for Bread for the City. His work has been accepted into the architectural archives of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture and recognized by AIA, ULI, and NOMA. He received a Masters degree from Yale and Bachelor’s from Catholic University.

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 of architecture as a young boy, when a friend showed me blueprints. His father was a contractor. As a child I loved to draw. Today, several of my drawings from childhood are part of the Smithsonian Institution’s permanent collection.

What do you do?
I am a designer and artist. I am proud to work in urban design and architecture, helping to shape and advance the communities that inspired me as a young child and young adult.

What excites you in the work you do?
Creating experiences through the built environment that improve people’s lives. Whether furthering opportunities for education, expanding cultural awareness, expanding access for life-affirming amenities, it’s a privilege to contribute through design.

Who or what inspires you professionally?
I am inspired every day to contribute to communities where young kids (like I was) who do not think they can afford to attend college or live a fulfilled, meaningful life can be educated, uplifted and inspired to realize their full potential.

What is your proudest professional accomplishment or achievement?
Being asked to design the student center at University of the District of Columbia, where I studied in the 70s when it was a technical school, contributing to its growth for the next generation (many are the first in their families to attend college).

Object:
Object Two - Practice Management, or Practice Technical Advancement

Year of Elevation:
2021
 

Featured Project Name: 

University of the District of Columbia Student Center

 

Featured Project Location: 

Washington, DC

 

Featured Project Completion Date: 

2016

 

Role in Featured Project: 

Associate Architect

 

Featured Project Description:

The University of the District of Columbia, the District's only public higher ed institution, opened its Student Center in 2016, the first new campus building in 40 years. It's the centerpiece of a 10-year renovation aimed at establishing the university as a model of sustainability, as 1 of only 2 LEED Platinum student unions nationwide when it opened. It serves students from all eight wards of DC, opening a new chapter of quality, access and affordability for higher education in the nation's capital.

 

Photography Credit:

Sam Kittner
 

Featured Project Name: 

2 Patterson

 

Featured Project Location: 

Washington, DC

 

Featured Project Completion Date: 

To be determined

 

Role in Featured Project: 

Architect/Urban Design

 

Featured Project Description:

New mixed-use development with a 240 unit residential tower (30% affordable); 192 key limited service hotel, 15,000 sq ft of ground floor retail and 6,000 sq ft public park. This wholistic project is socially and economically sustainable. With affordable housing, its developers can leverage revenue and job opportunities the hotel will bring for the community. There is synergy between commerce and social responsibility (great example of public/private partnership) and balance between art and commerce.

 

Photography Credit:

Michael Marshall Design
 

Featured Project Name: 

Entertainment and Sports Arena

 

Featured Project Location: 

Washington, DC

 

Featured Project Completion Date: 

Fall 2018

Role in Featured Project: 

Associate Architect

 

Featured Project Description:

A historically significant site for architectural and economic innovation St. Elizabeth’s East is a neighborhood that is particularly meaningful to DC. The Entertainment and Sports Arena is a state-of-the-art hybrid of NBA training facility and performance hall. The 4,200 seat arena is home court for the Washington Mystics and practice facility for the Wizards. It will provide a boost to redevelopment here, creating more “pathways to the middle class” as part of Mayor Bowser’s initiatives.

 

Photography Credit:

Michael Marshall Design


Featured Project Name: 
2 Patterson
 
Featured Project Location: 
Washington, D.C.
 
Featured Project Completion Date: 
To be determined

Role in Featured Project: 
Architect/Urban Design
 
Featured Project Description:
New mixed-use development with a 240 unit residential tower (30% affordable); 192 key limited service hotel, 15,000 sq ft of ground floor retail and 6,000 sq ft public park. This wholistic project is socially and economically sustainable. With affordable housing, its developers can leverage revenue and job opportunities the hotel will bring for the community. There is synergy between commerce and social responsibility (great example of public/private partnership) and balance between art and commerce.

Photography Credit:
Michael Marshall Design