Marissa graduated from the University of Notre Dame as an architecture major, but it wasn’t a fascination with designing buildings that initially set her on this path. A self-described maker and puzzle-solver, Marissa also believes in the power of beautiful places. This belief encouraged her choice to begin a career with Svigals + Partners. The position seemed a natural fit.
With her early studies of sculpture and furniture design and more recent work experience fabricating architectural ornament, Marissa brings to the table a focus on small, design-intense aspects of larger projects. The Svigals + Partners commitment to architecturally integrated art engages Marissa’s passion to bring human scale, meaning and delight to built environments.
Marissa manages smaller projects while also serving in a primary design role for larger ones. She also contributes in mentoring roles as a coordinator for the firm’s KidsBuild program, and has been a teacher with Yale/New Haven Saturday Seminars, a program that introduced high school students to the study of architecture. She draws her greatest pleasure from these teaching moments — and from the delight of occupants taking their places in a newly completed building.