Linda Pollak and Sandro Marpillero: Elevated Spaces

AAP NYC Spring 2012 Lecture Series

Linda Pollak is a founding partner of Marpillero Pollak Architects (MPA). Widely-published author of essays in books and journals, Pollak coauthored the award-winning Inside Outside: between Architecture and Landscape, which received grants from the New York State Council on the Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Milton Fund of Harvard University. She has received the American Academy in Rome Fellowship in Architecture, the Harvard University Wheelwright Fellowship, and Design Trust Fellowships.

Pollak received her master’s in architecture from Harvard, where she also studied landscape architecture, following undergraduate work in environmental design and plant science. A member of the faculty of architecture at Harvard Graduate School of Design from 1992 to 2004, and Rhode Island School of Design from 1988 to 1992, Pollak has dedicated herself to full-time practice in New York City since 2004, participating in civic initiatives, including Fit City and NYC Active Design Guidelines. Pollak serves on the board of Storefront for Art and Architecture and Design Trust for Public Space.

Sandro Marpillero is a founding partner of MPA. Marpillero has received numerous honors and awards, including fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, Design Trust for Public Space, and the Fulbright Program. Marpillero’s work has been exhibited widely, including the Urban Center, the Architecture Center, Storefront for Art and Architecture, and the Triennale of Milan.

Marpillero practice includes urban design and architectural projects in the United States, Italy, and Japan. Currently under construction in New York City are the Queens Plaza Bicycle and Pedestrian Improvement Project and New Stapleton Waterfront, new buildings for Queens Library and Staten Island Children Museum, both part of the NYC Design + Construction Excellence Program, as well as residential / commercial renovations and additions. His projects and writing have been widely published in books and periodicals, including the New York Times, Daidalos, Architectural Record, Architectural Design, Lotus International, and Casabella. He is author of Environmental Refractions, a monograph on the work of artist James Carpenter.

Marpillero received his master’s in architecture from the Institute of Architecture, University of Venice and master of science in architecture and building design from Columbia University. Since 1990 he has been an adjunct associate professor in architecture and urban design at Columbia University and has led design studios at Harvard, Yale, and Princeton, University of Pennsylvania, University of Toronto, Parsons School of Design, and the Institute of Architecture in Venice.

MPA has received 10 AIA Design Awards, including AIA/HUD Secretary's Community by Design Award, as well as awards from American Society of Landscape Architects, Environmental Design Research Association, and Wood Design Award Institute. MPA’s work has been widely published and exhibited, including at the Graham Foundation in Chicago, Campbell Hall Gallery at University of Virginia, SF MoMA, and Center for Architecture in New York. The firm’s current work includes both urban and architectural projects, two of which are part of the New York City Design + Construction Excellence Program.