Marilia Rodrigues excels at bringing multiple voices and talents together to solve the realities of a project while achieving high technical aspirations.
Marilia was the Project Architect for Loblolly House, an ambitious experiment in off-site fabrication that explored the potential of parametric modeling, the reorganization of the supply chain, and the architect-builder relationship to achieve more quality in less time, with less waste. She piloted Building Information Modeling software before it was adopted office-wide, and collaborated with builders and suppliers through all aspects of design and construction.
For the Master Plan for the Central Delaware, a project that included critical dialogue with diverse public and stakeholder groups, Marilia guided the synthesis of multiple visions into graphics that captured the plan's thoughtful development, public realm enhancements, and sustainable values, leading to its endorsement by the city. The project went on to receive an AIA Institute Honor Award and an Honor Award for Urban Design from the AIA New York City Chapter.
While working on the Edgar N. Putman Event Pavilion, an all-glass addition to the James A. Michener Art Museum, Marilia and her team paired with a German manufacturer capable of fabricating 23-foot high insulated glass panels, despite risks of shipping large glass pieces overseas.
As Associate in Charge of Dilworth Park, a 4-acre park and transit hub at Philadelphia's City Hall, Marilia worked with a multi-disciplinary team to balance the contractual complexities of a large urban infrastructure project with the technical feat of constructing two 18-foot high pavilions made entirely of self-supporting laminated glass, the first glass structure of this scale and complexity to be produced in the United States.
Marilia has taught architecture at Philadelphia University, and has participated in lectures and juries at The University of Pennsylvania, Penn State University, and Catholic University of America. She has contributed to publications including the AIA Architectural Graphic Standards 11th Edition and the National Institute of Building Sciences' Journal of Building Information Modeling.