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Posts by Michael Blake

Reflecting Back: Michael Blake

Marks Thomas 50th Anniversary If you read through my fellow partners’ posts over the past two months you’ll notice some common themes as they reflect on their experiences at Marks, Thomas…smart, creative and talented people to work with, exceptional projects, and doing great work for our clients; all of which are true in spades.  If […]

Intergenerational Housing for Seniors on College Campuses

Today’s seniors demand community involvement and a more engaged retirement overall. New housing models that offer access to culture, nature, and more.

Why School Architects Need to Understand How Students Learn

Designing effective schools starts with understanding the many ways students learn. Only then can we create spaces that set students up for success.

Designing Maryland’s First Public Boarding School

Designing the SEED School of Maryland, a public boarding school, took understanding what underserved students need to succeed in and beyond college.

Innovations in College Student Housing

When it comes to student housing, today’s college students look beyond convenience. How can colleges and architects accommodate their needs?

Trends in 21st-Century School Design

Schools are a valuable community resource, and need to be designed with 21st-century learners in mind. Where, exactly, is 21st-century school design headed?