Connecticut architect honored for community building efforts


The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Connecticut honored veteran architect Marissa Dionne Mead with the 2022 Women in Architecture Award, for her “powerful and enduring commitment to creating welcoming environments” in community spaces. Photo by Stephanie Anestis

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Connecticut honored veteran architect Marissa Dionne Mead with the 2022 Women in Architecture Award, for her “powerful and enduring commitment to creating welcoming environments” in community spaces.

Mead is Associate Director and Director of Art Integration at Svigals + Partners, as well as Founding Director of art studio Atelier Cue. Mead’s works focus on strengthening and uplifting communities through strong engagement and the meaningful integration of art and architecture.

A graduate of the University of Notre Dame with a bachelor’s degree in architecture, Mead currently directs architectural projects for the Hole in the Wall Gang Fund and Mary Wade Home. She has also been instrumental as a designer and project manager for educational buildings and residences at the University of New Haven, the University of Engineering and Science’s Magnet School, and the School Sandy Hook Elementary.

AIA Connecticut’s Women in Architecture Award honors local registered and practicing women architects who demonstrate excellence in design and promote equitable and sustainable practice, while striving to affect change in the occupation.

“Marissa’s powerful and enduring commitment to creating welcoming environments has already improved the lives of the many people and communities her work has touched,” said Jay Brotman, AIA, Managing Partner of Svigals + Partners. “Her artistic, technical and leadership skills make her an exceptionally talented member of the profession.”

In addition to providing successful built environments across all sectors, Mead has excelled in creating public art installations, with his many internationally published and widely acclaimed community works. She has lectured on design and engagement at Yale University, Connecticut Architecture Conference, and AIA Pennsylvania, among others.

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