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Margarita McGrath

  • Associate Professor

Margarita McGrath is an architect, educator, and co-founder of noroof. She tackles complex architectural challenges by utilizing a distinctive approach that leverages the power of the small. Using technology and culture as building blocks, she ingeniously adapts and repurposes convention to deliver imaginative and impactful results. For McGrath, architecture is not just a noun, but a verb - an active force that combines imagination, technology, and craft for the benefit of all terrestrial life.

adaptive re-use; small-space design; low-rise housing densification; smART infrastructure; design learning STEM applications

AAD 3004 Bridge Experience
ARCH 3015|3016: Architecture III
ARCH 3054 Building Analysis
ARCH 4044|5044 Professional Practice
ARCH 4515|16 Architecture V
ARCH 4524 Thesis Inquiry
ARCH 4534 Thesis Documentation

Recent Grants

Land Ho! The Endangered Mobile Home Park as a Hothouse for Alternative Forms of Affordable Living.‚ Arnold W. Brunner Grant for ArchitecturalResearch Grant (with S. Oliver)

smART field Research Project (with Ishida, A., Kennedy, B., McGrath, M., Zuo, L., & Hajj, M.)

Selected Publications

The Castle of Pertinacity: A Contemporary Morality Play Set in Brooklyn.‚ Play with the Rules.

ACSA Fall Conference Proceedings. p. 424-433.McGrath, Fishing for Ghosts, in Feminist Practices: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Women in Architecture. Brown, Lori A. Ed. (Surrey, England: Ashgate, December 2011), p. 213-236.

Selected Design Awards & Exhibits

An Idea (about an Idea) Virtual Pavilion 2021 Biennale Architettura (No. Of Pieces: 1) [Film]. online. (with J. Grossman, S. Oliver, K. Washco)

LongHouse, Brooklyn, noroof.  2022 Open House New York.

PorcHouse, Brooklyn. noroof. AIA Brooklyn + Queens Design Awards, Award of Excellence. noroof.

Finger Apartment, Residential Architect, Merit Award renovation category.

Slot House, AIA National Housing Committee, winner Single Family House category.

AIA National Small Practice Practitioner‚ Award, Jury Commendation.

AIA New York Chapter Design Awards, Architecture Merit Award.

Stern, Robert, Fishman, David, Tilov, Jacob New York 2020. This volume will cover New York City‚ architectural and urban history from 2000 to today and will be published by The Monacelli Press in 2023.



B.Arch, Rice University

B.A., Art History, Rice University