Pushing Boundaries with Margaret Cavenagh

Margaret Cavenagh is a Principal at Studio Gang, and leads the firm’s interior architecture practice, working closely with Jeanne Gang on all interior, renovation, and architectural projects. Margaret has experience designing a wide range of project types and scales including multi-family, mixed-use projects; work space design; and custom residential design.

Guided by expert observations of how people use space, Margaret consistently delivers award-winning interior designs while attaining some of the highest sustainability ratings, including LEED Platinum and Living Building Challenge certification. She has lent her design expertise to projects such as the Conservation CenterMaisonetteColumbia College Media Production CenterShorelandHarbor Point ResidenceArcus Center for Social Justice LeadershipCity Hyde Park, and Writers Theatre.

Margaret holds a Master of Architecture from Washington University in St. Louis, and a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Virginia. She has juried and served as a guest lecturer for the American Institute of Architects (AIA).

In this episode, Margaret shares with me her journey to becoming Principal at Studio Gang, what the design and research process is like at the firm, and dives deep into some of her favorite projects. We also discuss that never ending push and push between the interior and exterior of a building. Aside from all the architecture talk, Margaret also gives great advice on how and why you should advocate for change, not just for yourself, but for your peers and for your profession.


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