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

Residential and commercial architecture and landscape projects are in our wheelhouse.

Mary Barensfeld
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.

Monica Blasko
Project Architect Monica Blasko, AIA has ten years of experience designing projects of a range of types and scales in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Florida, and New York. She has worked on residential, commercial, hospitality, and education projects for qkArchitecture, Designstream, and Perkins Eastman in Pittsburgh and Tsao & McKown Architects in New York City. Monica received a Master of Architecture from Pratt Institute and a Bachelor of Science of Architecture from the University of Cincinnati. Through her commitment to the profession and her local, state, and national involvement with the American Institute of Architects (AIA), Monica was honored with the 2020 AIA Pennsylvania Emerging Professional Award.  Factoid:  Monica is an avid traveler and outdoor activity aficionado — from hiking Mt Doom (aka Mt Tongariro, a volcano in New Zealand) to cycling from Pittsburgh to D.C. on the GAP and C&O trails.

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