Erik Mar, Principal of emar Studio for Public Architecture, focuses on buildings and spaces that enhance and encourage community gathering, education, and learning.
He has over 30 years of experience designing public and non-profit sector buildings in 5 cities on three continents. During those years, he has served as the designer, Architect, and construction administrator for projects ranging in construction cost from $1 million to more than $12 million. The project types have included transitional housing, senior housing, animal care facilities, community centers, gymnasiums, and libraries. The Owner/Operators for those projects have included various Departments within the City and County of Los Angeles, the Ventura Community College District, and Non-Profit multi-family housing developers.
Raised in New York, Tokyo, Maryland, and Boston, Erik received Bachelors and Masters degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and he spent 1989-1993 working as a volunteer designer and architect for the Frente Sandinista De Liberación Nacional in Matagalpa, Nicaragua, where he helped found ODESAR.
Some of the projects shown here represent work for Carde Ten Architects.