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Marlene, an Associate of NK Architects, is an architect who has a passion for integrating sustainability into all aspects of her work and home life. She believes it is her duty as an architect to design environmentally responsible buildings. She is a graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s School of Architecture and holds both Bachelor of Architecture and Bachelor of Science in Building Science degrees. Since 2001, Marlene’s primary focus has been on educational architecture, specifically the K-12 market sector. She is extremely proud of her LEED Certified projects including the Midtown Community School in Neptune, NJ, the Landscape and Horticultural Building at County College of Morris, and the Upper School Addition to Newark Academy.
Marlene has taken her passion for educational architecture into the classroom, and since 2003 has been a leader in the ACE Mentor Program of New Jersey, a not-for-profit organization offering high school students the opportunity to discover and experience the architecture, construction and engineering fields. She was honored in 2012 by ACE New Jersey for her longstanding commitment to the organization. She is also a member of the US Green Building Council New Jersey Chapter and volunteers her time with Homeless Solutions, a Morris Township nonprofit organization assisting homeless families through shelters, low income and affordable housing. At home, Marlene treasures spending time with her husband Jim and her beautiful daughters Autumn and April, preparing organic, vegetarian meals, and creating abstract artwork.