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STUDIOS Architecture Appoints New Chair and CEO

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Next Generation of Executive Leaders to Build on the Firm’s 35-Year History of Design Leadership

(Washington, DC) September 28, 2021 – STUDIOS Architecture, an international design firm providing services in architecture, master planning, interiors, workplace strategy, and environmental graphics and design, announced today transition of its executive leadership to the next generation with the appointment of Marnique Heath and Marc Pfenninger to the roles of Board Chair and CEO, respectively, effective January 1, 2022.

Practicing principals, each with over 20 years at the firm, Heath and Pfenninger bring extensive experience leading complex projects and teams, a solid understanding of both the cultural and practical needs of clients and a strong commitment to building on the firm’s 35-year history of embracing diverse thinking, experiences, and ideas to create world-class design. STUDIOS has over 300 employees across San Francisco, Washington DC, New York, Los Angeles, Paris, Lyon, and Mumbai. The new leaders will maintain the firm’s commitment to cross-office collaborationand will continue to lead their own practices, with Heath based in the DC office and Pfenninger in San Francisco. 

“STUDIOS was founded as a design practice built around teams having the opportunity to contribute their individual talents and ideas – a place where design thinking and innovative solutions are nurtured and strengthened by the diversity and multicultural experiences of our people and clients,” says STUDIOS current CEO, Todd DeGarmo. “Marc and Marnique are well-positioned to lead the firm at a time when the world faces how to address such critical issues as climate change, social justice, and new thinking on how we live and work brought about by the pandemic.”

“It’s an important time to be stepping into this role,” notes Heath. “STUDIOS has built a reputation for both a collaborative spirit and for pushing boundaries to create transformative design solutions. I’m excited about the opportunities we have as a firm to make a difference through our work.”

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Marc Pfenninger

Heath and Pfenninger will work closely with the firm’s current executive leaders over the coming months. While transitioning day-to-day leadership responsibilities of the firm to the next generation, DeGarmo and Tom Yee, STUDIOS’ current Board Chair, will remain active as principals with the firm, continuing their practices at STUDIOS and leading client projects. 

“We have an amazing team of talent at STUDIOS,” says Pfenninger. “I’m energized by the passion and commitment of our people and look forward to working with leadership and staff across the firm to strengthen our culture of growth and opportunity – both for our people and for our clients.”


Founded in San Francisco in 1985, STUDIOS Architecture is an international design firm that provides services in architecture, master planning, interiors, workplace strategy, and environmental graphics and design. With over 300 employees in San Francisco, Washington DC, New York, Los Angeles, Paris, Lyon, and Mumbai, the firm has forged relationships with groundbreaking and innovative clients throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. Clients range from tech start-ups to private developers, universities to civic organizations, as well as name brands including Coach, Disney, Google, LinkedIn, Lyft, Major League Baseball (MLB), Microsoft, Nike, Pandora, Samsung, Sony, and Time, among others. Free from disciplinary silos that limit innovation, the firm’s diverse and experienced team applies a range of insights gained across all work areas from master planning to interiors. Each client’s solution is unique to them and responsive to context, program and people.

About Marnique Heath

With over 20 years of experience at STUDIOS Architecture, Heath is highly valued for her leadership on complex projects that involve large teams, numerous stakeholders, and significant agency involvement. Her work spans many types and scales, including workplace, multifamily residential, retail and hospitality, and civic and institutional. Serving as Chair of the District’s Historic Preservation Review Board, she brings unique insight into entitlement processes and has proven experience with community engagement. She is a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and is actively involved in the AIA’s “Architecture in Schools” program. She has served on several Boards in the District of Columbia, including the Board of Zoning and Adjustment. Heath earned both her Master of Architecture and Bachelor of Science, Architecture at University of Virginia. She is a licensed architect in the District of Columbia and holds her LEED Accredited Professional certification.  

About Marc Pfenninger

Since joining STUDIOS in 1999, Pfenninger has led civic, institutional, and commercial projects for education, tech, law, and other clients. Regardless of the type of work, he places strong emphasis on understanding the cultural and practical needs of his clients. He is adept at navigating the complex decisions that arise during the strategic planning, design and construction process and at leading his clients to achieve high quality design solutions. He consistently leverages the unique qualities of each client organization to produce design solutions that clearly express and support their identity and values, while also being highly functional. Pfenninger earned a Bachelor of Architecture from Syracuse University and a Master of Urban Design from the University of California, Berkeley. He is a licensed architect in the states of California and Washington, a LEED Accredited Professional and a member of the American Institute of Architects.