Marissa Zhao

Marissa Zhao

New York, NY, US



Marissa studied civil engineering (EIT) with a focus on structural, and is currently in her final year of a Masters of Architecture degree at Pratt SoA. In the years between the schooling, she has avidly pursued a wide range of experiences related to the design and building of homes--from architectural documentation and rendering, to biking across the continental U.S. to build with and fundraise for grants for affordable housing organizations, to more building with a non-profit network of tiny home villages. She aspires to use architectural design to integrated supportive homes and public spaces that promote hands-on services for existing communities. 


Amie Gross Architects, Long Island City, NY, US, Intern

Assisted in the revision and expansion of construction documents across several ongoing affordable housing and institutional projects, and contributed to compiling a preliminary written report and Revit model for an institutional renovation.

Sep 2021 - Jan 2022

BC+J Architecture and Planning, Bainbridge Island, WA, US, Project Manager

Managed the production of full construction documentation, and filings and permit/variance acquisitions for several single-family residential projects, with increasingly independent involvement in construction administration as the primary project contact.

Sep 2017 - Apr 2019

BC+J Architecture and Planning, Bainbridge Island, WA, US, Intern

Interpreted municipal codes for land use analyses in the Puget Sound for office-wide use for project predesign, including aspects of energy code compliance, drainage mitigation, removal of significant vegetation, and shoreline protection. Modeled in Revit for hand-measured as-built conditions and for design development sketches for single-family homes and some mixed-use spaces.

Sep 2016 - Sep 2017

James Wentling Architects, Philadelphia, PA, US, Intern

Assisted in the revision of construction documents for design-build single-family house plans and production homes, as well as for one 81-unit multi-family development. Visited project sites to assess existing conditions and observe construction administration. Created marketing graphics for projects, and edited and compiled graphics content for second edition run of firm-sourced book on themes of suburban housing in the U.S.

Sep 2014 - Aug 2016

Maryland State Highway Administration, Baltimore, MD, US, Planning Intern

Created pedestrian facilities layers in ArcGIS for Eastern Shore and western rural counties. Assisted on outreach programming for pedestrian and cyclist safety education in the city, and sat in on DC-metro area interagency budget and planning meetings for multi-modal integration in engineering "Complete Streets"

May 2014 - Aug 2014

Abby Schwartz Associates, Wayne, PA, US, Intern

Researched materials and finishes for residential interiors, and drafted breakout floor plans

Jun 2011 - Jun 2011


Pratt Institute, MArch, Graduate Architecture and Urban Design

Studying, studying, studying

Aug 2020 - current

Villanova University, Bachelors, Civil Engineering

Studied civil & environmental engineering, with a focus on structural. Senior capstone project for Structures (Buildings) was "Three Chapels In Panama," and involved a site visit in Wacuco, Panama as part of ongoing College of Engineering service trips. Construction began in 2016, by engineering students on a subsequent service trip, and has since been completed.

Aug 2011 - May 2015

Boston University Study Abroad, London, UK; Paris, FR, Architecture & Urbanism

Studied architectural history, as well as concepts of modern architecture, landscape, and urban planning in London and Paris.

May 2013 - Jul 2013

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