As vice president, Maren oversees strategic development for SGA as the firm continues to expand its customer base and geographical footprint. Over the course of her career as an architect and industry leader, she has developed a reputation for versatility, business acumen, and an ability to forge strong relationships with clients and colleagues.
With 20+ years in the industry, Maren has worked on a wide range of building types, but she has a special fondness for adaptive-reuse projects. This is one reason she enjoys working in cities rich in history and culture like New York and Boston: Their many historic buildings lend themselves to both revitalization and transformation. There is also a strong narrative that speaks to sustainability inherent in this typology. Maren believes that responsible design helps to address climate change as well, and she has incorporated resiliency at multiple scales.
Before joining SGA, Maren served for more than 10 years as associate principal and director of adaptive design at CBT. There she led a practice area and was responsible for several high-profile projects in the city, including a large-scale pier revitalization project in Boston’s thriving Seaport area. She has a passion for the complex and enjoys the challenge of infusing modern influence while celebrating historic character in design. She also believes that every project should embrace the opportunity to improve the public realm and champion sustainable practice.
Maren earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in architecture from the University of Minnesota. Outside of the office she spends time raising her three young daughters, whom she describes as tiny humans with larger-than-life personalities. Together they and Maren’s husband Steve travel to places like Colorado and Vermont to go skiing. They have a special fondness for Vail, as that’s where Maren and Steve met. Eventually they hope to make some overseas ski trips as a family.