Merritt Palminteri’s aim is to respond thoughtfully and analytically to the needs of every client in order to create beautiful, timeless architecture that is sustainable because it is well-built. Her work places an emphasis on detail, natural light and enhancing the relationship between the user and their surroundings. She considers a good building to be one that continues to unfold as the user moves through it, offering new delights and insights upon each step and at each visit.
Merritt holds degrees in Architecture from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and Columbia University. She trained extensively with Anik Pearson Architect in New York, a firm lauded for their obsessively detailed pre-war jewel-box interiors. Before establishing her own office, she worked for local firms, The Paul Davis Partnership and Fletcher + Hardoin. She lives in Monterey with her husband, four year old son, and twin toddler boys.
A portion of profits from MAP Architect is donated to UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, Ronald McDonald House San Francisco and the NICU at Natividad Medical Center.
|2010||M.S. Advanced Architectural Design, Columbia University GSAPP – New York|
|2002||B.Arch (cum laude) California Polytechnic State University – San Luis Obispo|
|2000||CSU Firenze – Florence, Italy|
|2018||Carmel: New Cottage featured on Remodelista|
|2015||AIA Monterey Bay Excellence in Design Citation|
|2009||Architecture License C-31948, State of California|
|member – American Institute of Architects, Julia Morgan Alliance (when I’m serious)
avid Peloton cyclist (the bike that goes nowhere)
guest baker – Martha Stewart Show (back in the day)
floral designer – galas, gallery openings, photo shoots, weddings (for fun!)
guest critic – Pratt Institute, California College of the Arts, UC Berkeley, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo (hanging with smarties)
commissioner (retired) – City of Monterey Historical Preservation Commission (civic duty)