Cary D’Alo Place, AIA • Architect

Cary D’Alo Place received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Columbia University where she studied Art History and Visual Arts. Originally hailing from rural, central Pennsylvania, she also studied in Japan and Scotland before attending Rice University in Houston, TX, completing a Masters of Architecture. Throughout college and graduate school, Cary participated in various forms of public and community service, and upon completion of her master’s degree, she decided to fulfill this interest more formally. Taking a break from all things design and architecture related, she was selected to be a Teach for America Corps Member, a national service organization which commits young individuals to teach in under-funded and under achieving public schools. ‘Ms.D’ taught first grade in rural Louisiana and proudly remains pen-pals with many of her students.

In returning to architecture, Cary’s work has mostly focused on mid to large commercial projects, public projects and hospitality. Prior to joining Arch11, her work at Morris in Houston, TX included the Downtown Marriot Hotel, the Houston Maritime Museum and energy corridor office developments. She has also pursued a number of design competitions, most notably recognized as a finalist in the 2012 Changing the Face Competition, an individual submission, and published as a runner up in Metropolis Magazine’s Get the Feds to Zero Competition 2011, a team submission. Cary is a LEED Green Associate and pursuing her LEED AP accreditation.

In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, classic films and is a competitive scrabble player. Finally having moved out of the south, she is looking forward to actual seasons and real snow.

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