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Mariela brings 30 years of extensive experience in commercial workplace and real estate strategy, building repositioning and transformation and interior design services as well as new homes and renovations, and architectural conversions of historic structures into net zero Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU).  She has worked in four of the five continents in the world and spent 4 years working in Mexico City.

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While working with industry leading firms, Mariela has won numerous awards from the International Interior Design Association (IIDA), Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA), National Association for Industrial and Office Parks (NAIOP), Washington Building Congress (WBC) and the American Institute of Architects (AIA).

2020 - 2023

  • The Future of Workplace (GRIA) 2023 

  • 4300 Wilson Repositioning

    • Interior Design Small Commercial Lobby & Amenity Space, Best of the Year 2022 

    • IIDA Mid-Atlantic, Corporate, 2022.

    • Washington Building Congress Craftsmanship, Award for Millwork, 2022.

    • NAIOP Award of Excellence Capital Improvement Non-Institutional Building, 2021.​

  • EIG

    • IES Candela Award for the Interior Design Lighting Award, 2022.

    • SARA (The Society of American Registered Architects) Professional Design Awards, 2021.

    • NAIOP DC, Award of Excellence, Best Interiors, 2021.

    • ABC Excellence in Construction Award, 2020.

2010 - 2019

  • Jones Lang LaSalle Mexico City, Mexico Corporate Space – “Small IIDA Best of Latin America”, 2019.

  • Foro de Marcas Renombradas Españolas, “Amiga de Marcas Españolas”, October 24, 2016.

  • NAIOP VA, Focus on Excellence Award, Confidential Communications Agency | AIA Northern Virginia, 2014.

  • Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP GDEA, “People’s Choice Award”, 2012.

  • IIDA Mid-Atlantic, “Gold Award”, 2012.

  • IIDA Mid-Atlantic, “Pinnacle Award”, 2012.

  • “GDEA Honorable Mention”, 2012.

  • The George Washington University Charles E. Smith Center AIA DC Award of Merit in Architecture, 2012.

  • Simpson Thacher IDA Mid Atlantic Chapter, Gold Award for Commercial Interiors Between 20,000 and 100,000, 2011.

  • Interiors Between 20,000 and 100,000 Cassidy & Pinkard Colliers Inform Awards, Award of Merit, 2010.

2003 - 2009

  • IIDA Mid Atlantic Chapter, Pinnacle Award, 2009.

  • IIDA Mid Atlantic Chapter, Gold Award for Commercial Interiors Between 20,000 and 100,000, 2009.

  • ​Mayer Brown LLP DOC Award for Outstanding Design, Honorable Mention, 2009.

  • Lerner Enterprises Washington Building Congress Craftmanship Awards Woods & Plastics, 2009.

  • Dewey & LeBoeuf Washington Building Congress Craftsmanship Awards Woods & Plastics, 2008.

  • Thelen LLP 2007 IIDA Mid-Atlantic Chapter, Gold Award for Commercial Interiors Between 20,000 and 100,000, 2445 M Street Washington Building Congress Craftmanship Awards Steel Construction for Canopy Design, 2007.

  • Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP Antron Design Awards, Large Office Category, 2005.

  • GDEA Honorable Mention 2004

  • Industrial Designers Society of America, 2004.

  • IDEA Industrial Design Excellence Award, G Glass Compendium for Skyline Design, 2003.

1991 - 1998

  • Kirkpatrick & Lockhart, LLP, 1998. IIDA, Award for Best Designed Space over 5,000, 1998.*

  • Howrey & Simon, Washington, DC IIDA, Award for Best Designed Space over 5,000, 1997.*

  • American Institute of Architects, Henry Adams School Medal, 1991.

  • The Catholic University of America, Friends of Architecture Prize, 1991.

  • An Interpretive Center for Macchu Picchu, Thesis Project Tau Sigma Delta National Honor Society in Architecture and The Allied Arts, 1991.

  • Organization of American States, Rosa McLean de Vinas Scholarship, 1991.

Except as noted, all clients as Design Director while at Gensler
*Clients as Project Designer while at LSM

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Values and Principles

We believe space is a simple expression of a complex thought process.  In every one of our projects, the space conveys a sense of humanism with a touch of forward thinking.  We pride ourselves on creating places that reflect our clients’ goals and delivering experiences that make their architectural journey a delight.

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