Marina Michael

Marina Michael

Washington DC, US



 I am in my final year of the Master of Architecture program at UVA. I came into architecture through my passion for art and my love of making things. My life's motto is borrowed from Mother Teresa, who once said, "I am a little pencil in the hand of a writing God who sends His love letter to the world." Although I am not Mother Teresa feeding the poor or a doctor curing serious diseases, I believe that good design - architecture - can give people daily joy in the world they inhabit. I seek to make buildings which show people that they are valued and appreciated through an environment that speaks to their intellect, senses, and humanity.



University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, Teaching Assistant

-critique student design work weekly.
-assist students with digital and analog making skills.

Jan 2015 - current

Public Workshop, Philadelphia, PA, extern

-collaborated with students and teachers to design Maker Space for high school.

Jan 2015 - Jan 2015

Kieran Timberlake, Philadelphia, PA, US, Extern

-contributed to design drawings for schematic design for University building using Revit.

Jan 2014 - Jan 2014

Cooper Carry, Alexandria, VA, US, Intern Architect

-created construction documents in Revit for elementary school design.
-coordinated client needs with design intent.
-communicated conflicts and implemented solutions with mep, structural, civil.
-prepared preliminary lease drawings for mall development.
-contributed to construction documents for 24 story office building design.
-generated life safety drawings.
-developed client presentations.
-built scale model for urban planning development community meeting.

Mar 2012 - Jul 2013

Custom Structures, Inc., Lynchburg, VA, Intern

-created house design alternative for associate use.
-drafted AutoCAD details for project.
-developed door, window, material schedules.
-built SketchUp model for house addition design.

Oct 2011 - Dec 2011

Bruce Wardell Architects, Charlottesville, VA, US, Externship

-aided with construction of basswood model for client use.
- collaborated with employee to choose interior materials for project.
- shadowed associates in meetings.

Jan 2011 - Jan 2011


University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, MArch, Master of Architecture

-coursework developed design abilities at multiple scales with multiple media.
-Nix, month-long independent research project in Paris, France.
-leadership roles throughout the program as a Teaching Assistant for all four semesters and over the summer.

Aug 2013 - May 2015

University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, US, Bachelors, Bachelor of Science in Architecture

-3.7 GPA, graduated with honors
-minor in architectural history
-Coursework focused on conceptual design, but also delved into building construction, sustainable design, architectural theory, architectural history

Aug 2007 - May 2011


Enid W. and Bernard B. Spigel Architectural Scholarship, Scholarship


Arch Record Napkin Sketch, Honorable Mention


Dean's List, Other

-7 semesters


Faculty Award for Public Service, Award


Weedon Grant, Grant

-for study abroad in China


Intermediate Honors, Award

-given to the top 20% of students in the second year class


Kyle Kauffman Award, Award

Awarded to one student anually who “embodies dedication, enthusiasm for architecture, and achievement…and who serves their fellow students not in thoughts and words but in deeds, encouraging all about him or her to perform to the utmost of their capabilities.”

-peer nominated


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