Marisa Nemcik

Marisa Nemcik

Washington, DC, US



I’m a Student Life strategist and designer, passionate about designing for the “whole student,” knowing that growth doesn’t just happen in the classroom. 

While my experience crosses multiple typologies and scales, including Multi-Family, Healthcare, and Installation projects, my expertise lies in collaborating with Higher Education institutions on a variety of campus life, student housing, and wellness spaces. My work focuses on the creation of spaces that foster community, inspire connection, and stimulate growth. By pairing research and data, with direct user group insight, I work with our clients to craft a redefined experience which supports the academic success, social development, and well-being of today's students as well as future generations.

Outside of my professional work, I am active in supporting youth education and mentorship. I help lead community outreach efforts empowering youth through design thinking and exploration, as well as emerging designers through professional development and leadership programming. I am also a member of CannonDesign’s Next Council, where I engage with offices and leadership across the firm on initiatives surrounding client engagement and leveraging technology and data.



CannonDesign, Washington, DC, US, Senior Associate

Project Architect / Higher Education Planner
Campus Life, Student Housing, + Wellness
Architect III

NEXT Council
Women @ CD - External Connections Development

Sep 2019 - current

CannonDesign, Boston, MA, US, Associate

Project Architect + Designer
Architect II

CD Women’s Forum : Boston Representative
Women’s Leadership Summit scholarship recipient

Sep 2018 - Sep 2019

CannonDesign, Boston, MA, US, Architect

Higher Education, Healthcare, and Commercial
Licensed Architect
Project Architect / Project Designer

AIA 18 - Emerging Professionals Scholarship Recipient

Community Engagement and DesignShare committees:
Climateens Mentor
BSA Design Thinking Day Co-Chaperone

Jul 2017 - Sep 2018

Design Collective, Inc., Baltimore, MD, US, Architectural Designer

Mixed-Use Multi-Family, Higher Education, Student Housing, Civic and Installation projects. Collaborations with Landscape and Interior departments.

Jul 2014 - Jul 2017

Poggenpohl U.S., Inc., Paramus, NJ, US, Technical + Design Associate

Technical + Design Associate | Summers 2013 + 2012

May 2013 - Aug 2013


Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, US, BArch, Architecture & History of Architecture

B.Arch (May 2014) | Syracuse University School of Architecture (cum laude)
Bachelor of Art : History of Architecture (2013) | College of Arts and Sciences
+ Business coursework : Entrepreneurship + Emerging Enterprises, Intellectual property, Startups

Urban Studio:
-Spring 2013: NYC
(Architectural Studio, Survey of NYC Arch, Urban Design & Theory)
-Visiting Critic: Mick McConnell, R/GA
-CLOG workshop : Headquarters Edition : "Corporate Transparency"

Summer 2012 Seminar: Greece
(Humanities, History, Literature, Architecture & Art History)
-Completed Independent Study research and paper on Mycenaean Architecture & Culture
-Gave presentation of research on site in Mycenae, Greece

Fall 2012: Florence, Italy
(Architectural Studio, Italian language, Survey of Italian Architecture & History, Sketching)
-Assisted in coordination and production of end of semester exhibition of architectural travel sketches at the Piazzale Donatello in Florence.

Aug 2009 - May 2014


First Fitwel certification for Multi Family Project, Other

The Pearl achieved the inaugural Fitwel certification for a multifamily residential building.


Award of Merit for Best Multifamily Project, Award

Award of Merit for Best Multifamily Project at the 2017 NAIOP Awards:
The Pearl, Silver Spring MD with Tower Companies and Clark Construction #LiveAtThePearl


Visual Artist : Light Installation, Award

Our project submission was chosen by a jury of five from over 150 pieces submitted for the inaugural Light City Baltimore Festival.

Our project, LightWave: Baltimore's Beacon, is located at the Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse at Pier V, and focuses on the translation of sound into waves of light visualization.

The installation brings to light the words and sounds of WYPR's Out of the Blocks Series that focuses on telling the stories of each of Baltimore's unique neighborhoods.

My role was Project Manager of the team of nine. I created the project proposal, organized the project team and schedule, and coordinated festival logistics and budget with BOPA. I was also instrumental in conception of the overall design and final construction of the piece.


Indianapolis City-County Building Plaza, Nomination

Plaza and Pavilion Design for City County Plaza, Indianapolis IN


Order of Omega, Award

Order of Omega is a leadership honor society for members of Fraternity & Sorority organizations. Members are selected from the top 3% of students at each institution. Order of Omega recognizes those who have exemplified high standards in the areas of scholarship, leadership, involvement within their respective organization and within the campus and local community.


Study Abroad Grant, Grant

Grant for independent research seminar in Greece towards completion of Architectural History degree.


Syracuse University Founder's Scholarship, Scholarship

Top award of the three cornerstone merit scholarships to recognize academic achievement for top students in programs across the University.


Merit Scholarship Award, Scholarship

Award based on achievement in both academics and extracurricular involvement.


Dean's List, Other

All semesters of 5 year program
Design GPA 3.5


Areas of Specialization