MICHAEL MARSHALL

Michael Marshall Design

SAY IT LOUD - SXSW

SAY IT LOUD(ER) - SXSW

SAY IT LOUD - A'19 Exhibitor

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:

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).

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

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