Building upon roots in modernist architecture and landscape, MBA emphasizes a synthesis of interior and exterior spaces.
Owner and Principal Mary Barensfeld, AIA, ASLA, has worked on residential and commercial architecture and landscape projects in the Bay Area and Western Pennsylvania since 2006, starting her own award-winning firm in 2013. A licensed architect in Pennsylvania, California, and New York, Mary was awarded the following awards at the University of Pennsylvania while obtaining her Master of Architecture and Master of Landscape Architecture: Arthur Spayd Brooke Memorial Gold Medal in Architecture, the American Society of Landscape Architects First Place Prize to graduates, the Eleanore T. Widenmeyer Prize in Landscape and Urbanism, the Will Morris Melhorn Fellowship Award in Architectural Theory, and the T-Square Club Fellowship Architectural Design Award. Prior to her time at Penn, Mary studied at Dartmouth College (Bachelor of Arts) and Phillips Academy. Factoid: Mary scored a goal in the Division 1 NCAA Lacrosse Final Four semi-finals as an attacker for Dartmouth, where she was also a member of two Ivy League Championship lacrosse teams.
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Architecture doesn’t stop with the building. Landscape and Architecture should meld into one design process.