MDA designgroup architects & planners
Elisabeth Martin, FAIA is a registered architect whose practice specializes in Library Planning and Design. She holds a Master of Architecture from Yale University and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania. She co-taught "The Planning & Design of Public Libraries” at the Harvard from 2002 to 2017. She iteaches at New York City College of Technology and the School of Visual Arts. Ms. Martin has held leadership roles in ALA and in the AIA. As a result of her advocacy for design excellence in public and institutional buildings, Ms. Martin was awarded the American Institute of Architect’s Public Architect Award for her efforts in advocating for and delivery of design excellence in buildings in the public realm. Most recently, Ms. Martin was elected to the American Institute of Architects College of Fellows for her career long record of exemplary work in Library Planning and Design.
Elisabeth Martin has practiced for three decades with a focus on library planning and design. Prior to forming MDA designgroup, Ms. Martin served as the Director of Planning, Design, and Facilities for Brooklyn Public Library. From 1996 to 2003, she led BPL’s capital program, planning and directing work and performing design services for the renovation and expansion of its 300,000 square-foot landmarked Central Library and its 59 branch libraries. Ms. Martin served as the Program Director for the Libraries Unit of the NYC Department of Design and Construction (DDC). At DDC, she administered the Library Capital Construction Program for the 216 branch libraries comprising the three NYC Public Library systems. Her stewardship brought accelerated schedules and quality design and construction and provided years of experience in navigating complex project relationships, procurement requirements, budgets and schedules. She has also lectured widely on successful strategies for library design.