Marie Mihalik is Florida registered architect. She has a Bachelor of Interior Design from the University of Florida and a Master of Architecture from the University of South Florida. Marie worked with HOK Architects for 20 years in all phases of corporate, commercial, and civic architectural and interior design projects. She was involved in the design and construction of many buildings on the FIU campus, including FIU’s Frost Art Museum, the College of Nursing & Health Sciences, and the MANGO Building. She now works as a specification writer for Zyscovich Architects on educational, cultural, and multi-family projects. “I really enjoy the technical challenge of researching and expressing the aesthetic, performance, and code requirements of a material or assembly to achieve a successful design. One of the things I love about the design profession is that we are always learning about new materials and systems, and every project and solution is different.”
Marie has been teaching Materials and Methods of Construction for Interior Architecture for the past six years. The course objective is to teach emerging designers how to make informed and appropriate decisions in building materials, products, and systems. This ties in well with her current practice of spec writing, and she enjoys the innovation and creativity of her students as well as sharing her knowledge and experience with them.