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Marie Law Adams

Marie Law Adams is an architect and co-founder of Landing Studio, an architecture and urban design practice focused on the design of just and sustainable infrastructure. Landing Studio was formed in 2005 with the Rock Chapel Marine project, a shared-use road salt terminal and public park landscape located in an immigrant community just north of Boston. While working intensively in this community during the first ten years of practice, Landing Studio also studied salt production facilities across the globe. Through this parallel global field work and local practice, Landing Studio documented ways that seemingly standardized spaces of production and infrastructure could be shaped by local places and people. This understanding serves as the foundation for Marie’s ongoing work, where she looks to bring local voices, new dimensions of human delight and comfort, and natural systems to everyday infrastructural spaces. Marie has been lead designer on projects ranging from public access landscapes under highway viaducts, to public parks within public works yards, and building designs ranging from industrial operations headquarters to community centers.

Marie’s work has been recognized with national and international awards, including the Architectural League of New York’s Emerging Voices award, the Architectural League Prize, a Holcim Award, and a Progressive Architecture Award. The work has also been exhibited at institutions in the United States and internationally. Marie earned a BSArch from the University of Michigan and an MArch from MIT where she was a Presidential Fellow and recipient of the AIA Medal. Before joining Northeastern University, Marie taught urban design and architecture at MIT and the Rhode Island School of Design.




  • M.Arch., Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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