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Building upon roots in modernist architecture and landscape, MBA emphasizes a synthesis of interior and exterior spaces.

Work Experience

Owner and Principal Mary Barensfeld, AIA, ASLA, LEED AP, has worked on residential and commercial architecture and landscape projects in the Bay Area and Western Pennsylvania since 2006, starting her own firm in 2013. She has had the good fortune to work for the well-respected Bay Area architecture and engineering firms of Craig Steely Architecture, Andrew Mann Architecture, and EndresWare Architects and Engineers.

A licensed architect in California and Pennsylvania, Mary was awarded the following awards at the University of Pennsylvania: 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.

The following are links to projects that Mary has worked on while employed at the above- mentioned firms:

Craig Steely: Striking Slatted Wood and Glass Home in San Francisco

Craig Steely Architecture: Lavaflow 7 Mayer/Penland House

Craig Steely: :Lavaflow 5

Andrew Mann Architecture: House for An Artist

EndresWare Engineers: Prism Gallery


University of Pennsylvania: Master of Architecture & Master of Landscape Architecture
Dartmouth College: Bachelor of Arts
Phillips Academy

Architecture doesn’t stop with the building. Landscape and Architecture should meld into one design process.