President and a founder of CICADA, Mary has been practicing architecture, planning, and interior design for over 30 years. She is Principal-in-Charge of higher education, cultural, and institutional projects at CICADA, and bears primary responsibility for defining the strategic direction of the firm. Her experience spans a broad spectrum of project types and markets, but she has particular interest in and enthusiasm for transformative modifications to existing buildings, building complexes, campuses, and neighborhoods. A natural problem solver and strategic thinker, she is adept at grasping the essence of problem and arriving at an elegant solution, at every level from that of a campus master plan to the smallest construction detail.
Mary received her Bachelor of Architecture from Iowa State University in 1981 and attended the University of Pennsylvania’s Urban Design program leading to dual Master’s degrees in Architecture and City Planning from 1981-83. She has served as Teaching Assistant at the University of Pennsylvania, Visiting Design Critic to Lehigh and Drexel Universities and the New Jersey Institute of Technology, and as a visiting design studio instructor to the Architecture Department at Lehigh University. Additional affiliations include former Chair of AIA Philadelphia’s Education Facilities Advocacy Committee, former Board Member and Vice President of Philadelphia chapter of the American Institute of Architects, former Chair of the Continuing Education Committee of AIA Philadelphia, Founding Director of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Young Architects Forum, Committee Chair of the North Philadelphia Regional Urban Design Action Team (RUDAT) sponsored by the Philadelphia Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, National Committee on Architecture of Education and Tau Sigma Delta Honor Society in Architecture and the Allied Arts. Mary sits on the Springfield Township, Montgomery County Planning Commission, the Springfield Township Municipal Campus Advisory Committee, and the Facilities committee of Taller Puertorquenos. The mother of two sons, in her spare time she enjoys activities with family and friends, gardening, and starting new projects rather than finishing one of the fifteen or so things she’s got underway at home.
Design Charette: Visitability for Urban Neighborhoods. Principal-in-Charge of Volunteer Team. Design on the Delaware Conference, November 2010
“From Minimum Accomodation For A Few to a Gracious Environment For All: Accessibility in the Built Environment.” Invited speaker. 11th Employment Supports Symposium: A Pennsylvania Conference for People with Disabilities, June 2010
Renovate, Design, Move, or What? An Urban School Design Charette. Committee Chair and Moderator. Design on the Delaware Conference, October 2008
“Sustainable, Cost-Effective Water Management for Facilities”. Invited speaker. Greater Philadelphia Facilities Conference – Green Building Session, September 2008
“Educational Institutions: Environmental Responsibility” Panel Originator and Moderator. Design on the Delaware Conference, October 2007
Franklin Conference on School Design Charette. Invited charette participant. PennPraxis/Philadelphia Inquirer. June 2005
Better Process/Better Projects. Panelist. Eastern Regional Association of Physical Plant Administrators Conference, September 2003