Marianne Desmarais, LEED AP BD+C

Professor of Practice - Architecture
Master of Architecture, Cranbrook Academy; Bachelor of Architecture, Tulane University
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DSGN 1100 & 1200 - First Year Design Studio

Marianne Desmarais is an architect and artist with a focus on structural pattern and materiality. A graduate of Tulane University and Cranbrook Academy of Art, she is an Adjunct Lecturer and LEED Accredited Professional with built work in New Orleans, New York and Florida. She has designed and managed projects with a diverse range of scales in residential, commercial, and medical fields. Focus on detailing and sustainability guides her equally through large healthcare projects, adaptive reuse developments and even a simple house constructed from the trees felled to clear the site. She has collaborated in the founding and construction of a teaching garden with children in Detroit's historic Black Bottom, participated in public art projects in Detroit and New Orleans. Currently she is collaborating on a public art façade installation in Cleveland.

Most recently, she exhibited her work in LA Contemporary, a group show at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art. Other exhibits of note include American Beauty South, a mural art project inspired by Highway 61, DesCours 2008, Abstracted Landscapes at the Society of Arts and Crafts in Boston, and Living Light on the Land: Prototypes for Sustainable Architecture and Design, an exhibition at Cranbrook Academy of Art. Her collaborative work has been exhibited as part of Metropolis Magazine's editors' picks, traveling to the International Furniture Fair in New York and Neocon World’s Trade Fair in Chicago, and has also been featured in FiberArts and Azure.


Marianne Desmarais, LEED AP BD+C

Professor of Practice - Architecture


Public art permanent façade installation at The Westin Cleveland Downtown with artist Sarah Kabot, engineering by Front Inc. Medium: stainless steel ring mesh with gold plated double loop rings.

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