Maria Gray

Maria Gray

New York, NY, US

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Project Manager with a background in architecture, sustainability, and design strategy. In depth experience managing design organizations and transforming university curricula aligned with LEED and WELL standards and focus. Key strengths include designing high-performance commercial and residential structures and interiors to promote environmental health and client wellness. Experienced educating and mentoring sustainable architecture and well design professionals. Notable skills directing operations and finance, leading projects and teams and cultivating strong client relationships.

In-depth researcher, practitioner and educator in the field of sustainable built environments including:

2016 Capstone: Biomass Energy Hub, Berlin Township, NY

The Garden: Created a new business around personal wellness, focusing on nutrition, sustainability, and education.

Urban Ecology and Sustainable Architecture, Barnard College

20th Century Interior Design History, Theory and Sustainability, Parsons School of Design



Denham Wolf Real Estate Services, Inc., New York, NY, US, Project Manager, Sustainability Lead

Project Management included 30,000 sq.ft 12M Cinemas Theater Prospect Park Landmark Building, 10,000 sq.ft. 3.5M International Cinematographers Guild North Eastern Headquarters, and 2, 20,000 sq.ft 9M each Planned Parenthood expansions in Brooklyn and the Bronx.

Jan 2017 - Apr 2019

Gray Area Design+, New York City, Owner, Firm and Project Manager, Lead Designer, Lead CA

Gray Area Design, LLC, New York, NY Founder, Chief Architect (2000 to present)
• Established commercial and residential architecture firm specializing in sustainable building
standards and wellness-centered interior design, furnishings and construction; manage operations,
finance, staff, new business development and client relationships.
• Advise clients on structural and interior design strategies to meet LEED and WELL building standards
and aesthetic goals; produce comprehensive design packages including mechanical systems, natural
materials and renewable energy solutions.
• Lead project life cycles, overseeing key milestones, timelines and budgets to attain project goals;
recruit and develop specialized architectural teams for each project.
• Founded wellness center and design multi-disciplined retreats to promote healthy living through
education, fitness and nutrition; oversaw renovation of 18th century villa to house programs and select nutrition and yoga experts to provide transformative holistic experiences.
Selected Projects
- Retail: Directed design and creation of flagship stores for Theory, Escada and Ankasa; oversaw national rollout of retail spaces to ensure design integrity.
- Mixed Use: Collaborated with Elie Tahari on the creation of Zao retail and art gallery space to promote new local fashion designers and artists.
- Domestic: Managed gut renovations of multiple urban residences and consulted with clients on healthful interior materials and custom furnishing designs.

Jan 2000 - Jan 2015

Columbia University, New York, NY, US, Adjunct Professor

Barnard College, New York, NY
Adjunct Associate Professor (2000 to 2012)
• Designed core curriculum for the bachelor’s degree program in architecture (with Columbia College);
monitored/evaluated student progress in lecture and studio courses across topics including theory,
history, 20th century modernism and visual culture.
• Created summer program on Urban Ecology and Sustainable Architecture to complement core
curriculum and introduce ecological theories, technologies and best practices into curriculum to meet
students’ needs.
• Collaborated with faculty and deans of undergraduate and graduate programs to formulate and
coordinate curricula between departments; participated in students’ formal reviews in other classes and universities (Pratt Institute and Parsons School of Design).

Jan 2000 - Jan 2012

The New School, New York, NY, US, Adjunct Professor

Parsons School of Design, New York, NY Adjunct Associate Professor (2003 to 2010)
• Enhanced undergraduate architecture curriculum by integrating sustainability theory and practices in
architecture and interior design courses; created and led 20th Century Interior Design History, Theory
and Sustainability course.
• Instructed studio and theory classes and evaluated student progress in the bachelor of fine arts
degree program and the Parsons Paris Summer Intensive.

Jan 2003 - Jan 2010

1100 Architect, Ennead Architects, Gensler and Associates, New York, NY, US, Project Architect

1100 Architect, New York, NY Project Architect (1997 to 2000)
• Managed retail and large-scale residential projects, including interiors and custom furnishings using
natural, sustainable materials, systems and methods for a nationally known architecture firm.
• Consulted with clients on high-performance non-toxic materials, lighting design and air quality
systems to promote residents’ physical and psychological wellness.
• Oversaw all project phases from concept to planning, design development, bidding and builder
selection; led site meetings and initiated construction documents and permits.
• Integrated brand identity into design concepts for globally recognized retail and luxury brands into
flagship stores and national rollouts.
Ennead Architects (formerly Polshek & Partners), New York, NY
Project Architect (1995 to 1997) Gensler & Associates, New York, NY
Project Architect (1993 to 1995)

Jan 1993 - Jan 2000


Columbia University, New York, NY, US, Masters, Master of Science, Sustainability Magagement

Jan 2014 - May 2016

Columbia University, New York, NY, US, MArch, Master Architecture

Sep 1990 - May 1993

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