Margarita McGrath, RA
B.Arch. Rice University
M.Arch. University of California, Los Angeles
As we strive to live within smarter, smaller footprints, our shared spaces must be transformed to prompt individual, civic, and environmental connectiveness. As an architect and educator, Margarita pursues architecture as a civic practice, in particular through cultivating the unexpectedly precise ability of design to bring together intellectually unrelated variables into productive and meaningful connections. Big or small, architecture’s contributions to the places where we live and work are vital if they allow us to experience the ordinary in slightly extraordinary ways.
Traveling and working abroad have defined Margarita’s professional career. She completed her internship and worked as a project architect at various firms including Cesar Pelli and Associates (now Pelli Clarke Pelli), Atelier Hermann Czech, and Junglim Architects. Her first teaching position was at Kyonggi University, in Seoul. Margarita has given lectures, workshops and served as a visiting critic at institutions in the States and internationally. noroof architects , a firm Margarita shares with a partner, has received national and international recognition, including a recent cover story in Dwell magazine and an invitation to lecture at the 2008 London Festival of Architecture. Although the practice is young, already they have garnered a number of design awards including a national AIA Housing Committee citation for their first built work, the Slot House and several prestigious New York City AIA merit awards for design excellence. Current sponsored research includes participation on a multidisciplinary team to develop curriculum for teaching design in technology-laden environments, with specific emphasis on Human-Computer Interaction. Margarita holds an MArch II from UCLA, and a 5-year BArch from Rice. She is currently an Associate Professor at the School of Architecture + Design at Virginia Tech.