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 large projects in multiple project sectors and also serves as a design lead and coordinator of integrated artwork elements across the firm’s portfolio. She strives to connect people and communities to their environments through architectural art and placemaking; and draws her greatest pleasure from the delight of occupants taking their places in a newly completed building.
What You Might Not Know
Marissa spent a year living in Rome, Italy, where she discovered a passion for figure sculpture, and for pizza margherita.
She freely admits that the mascot for her high school in rural Western New York was the Hillbillies, but has no plans to load up her truck and move to Beverly. (Hills, that is ...)