Marvel Announces Its Third Office in Richmond, Virginia and Affirms Mission of Inclusion and Good Design For All
RICHMOND, VA – April 26, 2022 – Marvel, the award-winning, multi-disciplinary architecture, landscape architecture and urban planning firm with offices in New York City and San Juan, PR, announces the opening of its third location in Richmond, Virginia. The Richmond office is headed by Tyler Silvestro, ASLA PLA, and partner at Marvel. Silvestro is co-managing the office with Director Mitch Crowder, AIA LEED AP, and Senior Architect Caroline Frantz, AIA, LEED AP® BD+C. With their varied and shared expertise in institutional and cultural projects, historic preservation, multi-family and high-end hospitality, and reimagined and expanded public spaces, the team brings a community-focused design ethos to Richmond, Washington, D.C. as well as the Mid-Atlantic and Southern regions of the United States.
Jonathan Marvel, FAIA, founding partner of Marvel, said: “We are committed to lead by example and make design accessible to all. I am incredibly grateful to open our doors in the storied city of Richmond. Through our work, we aim to contribute to all of its people, as well as its rich history of design and culture.”
The Marvel office is located in Richmond’s Historic Monroe Ward. With a local staff of eight employees, the firm is actively hiring. The leadership is especially interested in recruiting students from local and regional design schools. Tyler Silvestro said, “We have collectively embraced this city and are active in the community through local groups. We are committed to living here, raising our families, engaging in civic activities, and sharing our design energy with this dynamic city. We are deeply motivated by the ecologies and communities that shape the Commonwealth, and we welcome those who similarly want to collaborate with design professionals and students from the city and region.”
Over the past nine years, Marvel has built essential cultural and educational institutions, civic and public works, multi-family and hospitality projects, workspaces, adaptive commercial spaces, streetscapes, plazas, and parks throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. Through a variety of projects, Marvel promotes social equity and placemaking efforts that resonate with all members of the community. Marvel is currently engaged in a variety of regional development studies and pursuits ranging from higher education capital projects to urban waterfront public parks aligning with the firm’s core principle, Design Everywhere, for Everyone.
Marvel Richmond’s key leadership team includes the following:
Landscape architect and Marvel Partner Tyler Silvestro’s diverse roster of projects spans from small public plazas to long-term urban master plans that address the challenging issues of our time, such as coastal resilience, ecological infrastructure, and community building. He has collaborated with city leaders and agencies, community advocates, non-profit developers and landowners. He has also taught and participated in design studies at Columbia University, The Boston Architectural College, and The University of Virginia. Tyler holds a Master of Landscape Architecture from the Spitzer School of Architecture at the City College of New York. He is also a board member and Richmond Area Chair of the Virginia Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects.
Native Virginian and Marvel Director Mitch Crowder has worked with Marvel in its New York and Richmond offices. His experience includes multi-family and hospitality projects in Virginia, North Carolina, New York and Washington, DC. Inspired by big ideas as well as the smallest details, he brings expertise in architecture and urban design with a particular passion for how cities evolve and inform the changing landscape. A longtime resident of Richmond, Mitch is enthusiastic about solidifying relationships with Marvel and the Richmond community. Mitch has a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture and a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte as well as a Master of Architecture in Urban Design from Harvard University. He is a member of the Greater Richmond Association for Commercial Real Estate (GRACRE) and is a mentor at VCU’s MoB Studio.
Senior Architect Caroline Frantz has long been intrigued by cities and design. Since joining Marvel in 2015, Frantz has worked on ground-up construction and renovation projects, as well as master planning, primarily focusing on schools. She also has experience in mixed-use and institutional projects while working in Houston and New York. Caroline holds a Bachelor of Architecture with a minor in industrial design from Virginia Tech. She is a member of the Greater Richmond Association for Commercial Real Estate (GRACRE) and has actively mentored students at ACE of Greater New York, which inspires students to pursue careers in architecture, construction and engineering.
For more than three decades, Marvel has worked at the intersection of public and private space, creating intentionally timeless design solutions that integrate nature and context. The recipient of over 125 international industry awards, including the AIA’s highest honor, the 2019 Presidential Citation for integrating design and community service. The firm’s portfolio spans a range of sectors, including affordable housing, commercial, cultural institutions, schools and higher education, civic and public works, hospitality, high-end residential, recreational projects, workspaces, and parks and gardens. The firm has offices in New York City, San Juan, Puerto Rico, and Richmond, VA. For more information, visit: www.marveldesigns.com.
Carol VanderKloot, Hausman LLC