Mari Russ, RA

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Director of Architecture

Mari grew up in New Orleans before making her way to Louisiana State University. She first met Matt during their first studio (she knew they'd be fast friends when he clamored over the Otis Redding playlist on her iPod). She then met Christian, a critic at her final second year project --thankfully, no tears were had. After school, and many other travels with Matt, they moved to India together to teach a first year studio, where she'd meet Christian again.

Mari first fell in love with Austin when she evacuated here during Hurricane Katrina, thinking she'd only be here for the weekend (but ending up staying the whole the year). So after arriving home from India, she knew exactly where she was heading. Mari's professional experience in Austin has focused on custom residential, though she has also worked on a variety of projects — restaurant design, a tiny-house community master plan, interior design specifications, and even getting her hands dirty in construction management. After many years of working with multiple creative firms, and exploring the fabric and landscape of Austin, Mari has joined Drophouse to spearhead the architectural studio. Mari will lead design projects, as well as continue to develop the office design culture.