curriculum vitae

M A R I S S A   C H E N G

mcheng at alum dot mit dot edu



Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Master of Architecture, 2010   merit scholarship

Master of City Planning, 2007   City Design + Development

Bachelor of Science, 2005    Urban Studies + Planning, French



Sasaki Associates  /  Planner  /  June 2013 – present

Current Projects: Rutgers University Physical Master Plan, Singapore Management University Master Plan, The College of New Jersey Master Plan

Past Projects:  University of San Francisco, University of Missouri-St. Louis, Washington University in St. Louis


Department of Facilities Management + Planning, UMass Lowell  /  Campus Planner  /  Feb 2010 – June 2013

Current Projects: Manning School of Business, Perry Hall/Olsen Hall renovations, North Campus Engagement Center, North Quad Infrastructure study; 5-10 year strategic space planning, indirect cost recovery, MEPA Strategic Development Plan (primarily university historical background, utilities + infrastructure, energy conservation, campus mapping)

Past Projects:  University Crossing Campus Center, University Suites residence hall, Central Services Plan, North Campus dry lab renovation, analysis of conference space usage, landscape guidelines, enrollment projections, key control policy, short-term use studies for current facilities and new acquisitions, East Campus massing study, campus parking mapping, housing supply and demand


Massachusetts State College Building Authority / Consultant / Apr 2010 – Mar 2011

Produced Strategic Plan Update 2010, a report about campus housing capacity across the Massachusetts State University system and at each campus. Tasks included data collection and analysis, generation of charts and tables, and composing and editing of the report’s narrative.


Summer Academy, Boston Architectural College / Studio Leader / Summer 2009

Co-taught summer introductory architecture studio for high school students. Developed materials for conceptual and technical reference, critiqued student work, led tours of Boston architecture and urban environment.


Rogers Marvel Architects / Intern / Summer 2008

McCarren Park Pool, public pool renovation/new construction (~100,000 ft): RCP + lighting plans, construction details (changing pavilions), Landmarks Commission presentation; design drawings and models for changing pavilions. Clarett Court condominiums: Utilities plans + window schedule for construction documents.


Massachusetts Cultural Council / Intern, Artist Link / Summer 2007

Developed database of artist space development projects by adding projects’ space programming, government involvement, funding structure. Wrote and designed toolkit for artists, developers, and municipalities to advocate for artist space. Analyzed MCC Facilities Fund grant applications to improve grant process.


Poodry Consulting Group / Contractor / Aug 2006 – Feb 2007, Feb 2008 – Dec 2008

Analyzed data for Massachusetts State Colleges rent trends study and housing portfolio study, created site plans for Massachusetts State College Building Authority, edited and designed MSCBA Strategic Plan (2006, 2008); assisted with urban campus study and architectural programming for Suffolk University.


Epstein Joslin Architects / Intern / Jan 2006, Aug 2006

Built models for theater design projects: C. Walsh Theatre (Suffolk University) renovation project, Rockport Chamber Music Society theater schematic design, theater set design for the Arsenal Center for the Arts.


Office of the Mayor, Chicago / Mayoral Fellow / Summer 2005

Researched precedents and potential municipal projects: river business improvement districts + festivals, crime prevention technology, vocational schools, transportation agency structure, city services audits.


Seattle Department of Transportation / Intern / Summer 2003

Coordinated and edited the Planning Background Report, about the urban context of proposed monorail stations. Designed community involvement website.



Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator; AutoCAD, Rhino, SketchUp, Vray/Maxwell; ArcGIS; Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, Project + Powerpoint; Fast Track; HTML, Dreamweaver.  Lasercutter, CNC router, waterjet cutter.


E T   C E T E R A


Bracket [on farming], “Migrational Fields: Farming and the Chinese Urban Village”

Actar, December 2010

Teaching assistant :

Jan Wampler/Cherie Abbanat, Applied Architecture Design Studio II, Fall 09 + 08, Fall 09

Wendy Jacob/Cherie Abbanat, Foundations in Visual Art, Spring 09

Nondita Correa-Mehotra/Cherie Abbanat, Applied Architecture Design Studio I, Spring 08

Bill Hubbard, Experiencing Architecture Studio, Fall 07

Joel Turkel, Architecture Studio: Intentions, Spring 07

Anne Spirn, The Once + Future City, Spring 06, 07; Urban Nature + City Design, Sites in Site, Fall 06.


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