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Profile: Marc Margulies AIA

Name: Marc Margulies AIA
Job title and company: Founding principal, Margulies Perruzzi Architects (MPA)
Degree(s): BA (1976) and MArch (1979), University of Pennsylvania
Professional interests: Architecture and interior design for the corporate, professional-services, healthcare, research and development, and real-estate-development communities

What are you working on now?  

We have some very exciting projects in the works, including the new 315,000-sf headquarters for Vistaprint in Waltham; a new 360,000-sf building in Rhode Island, of which 100,000 sf will be occupied by Dassault Systèmes; and the new global headquarters for Boston Scientific.

How do you explain to your mom what you do for a living?

She knows; she visits our website every day!

What inspired you today?

The excitement of having Roger Stein AIA joins us as the newest member of our senior-leadership team.

What industry buzzword would you kill?

“Speculative” design work.

When you’re working, do you discuss or exchange ideas with your colleagues?

We are extremely collaborative at MPA; ideas flow back and forth constantly.

What are you reading?

The Last Lion by William Manchester, about Winston Churchill

Do you sketch by hand or digitally?

I always sketch digitally, using Revit, SketchUp, Photoshop, or Illustrator.

Has your career taken you anywhere you didn’t expect?

I could only have hoped to be at a firm where I get to work with such talented people every day.

Where is the field of architecture headed?

I’m a little pessimistic, frankly, that our expertise and our leadership role are being taken over by other specialists, leaving us as only designers. Design is great, but if we cede leadership, we lose design control, too.

Can design save the world?

Innovation and inspiration can save the world. Design is just one facet of that.

What do you hope to contribute from your work?

I hope that our buildings and interiors make our clients’ workdays more fulfilling.

Who or what deserves credit for your success?

My five years working in the real-estate department of Fidelity Investments was critically important to my understanding of corporate real estate and the importance of workplace design.

Your least favorite college class?

OMG, that was so long ago!

If you could give the you-of-10-years-ago advice, what would it be?

Don’t get distracted by the desire to design too wide a variety of different building types and for diverse industries. Focus [on] expertise.

Your favorite Boston-area structure?

Rowes Wharf.

Who would you like the BSA to interview next?

[Boston] mayor [Marty] Walsh.

If you were on a late-night TV show, what would your 30-second plug be?

Humorous architecture (not that I’m even up late enough to watch late-night TV).

If you could sum up your outlook on life in a bumper sticker, what would it say?

Make every day matter!

Headshot: Bruce Rogovin