Mary leads teams on a diverse range of projects at Gustafson Porter + Bowman and is responsible for the design direction and day-to-day management of the office, together with Neil Porter.
Mary leads projects with complex client and consultant groups, and her experience as an architect and wider knowledge of the industry has allowed her to integrate landscape more successfully in built schemes and share knowledge. In London she is working at International Quarter London, Rathbone Square, and Luton Street in Westminster, which will form part of a wider green spine initiative in the Church Street area. Overseas, she is working on Marina One in Singapore, Seef Lusail in Doha, Taikoo Lobbies in Hong Kong and Valencia Parque Central. She has also worked on high-profile projects ranging from the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain to HM Treasury Courtyards. Her particular interest is in the integration of landscape and architecture and the vital role landscape architecture can play in meeting today’s global challenges. Each scheme is designed to respond to its location and surrounding townscape, giving the space a character of their own.
Mary studied architecture at the University of Virginia and the Architectural Association in London, graduating in 1988. She worked for Foster + Partners for over a decade, where she was one of the first female associates, and led the design teams for the Bilbao Metro, the Duisburg Microelectronic Centre, a private house in the US and several sustainable masterplans. In 1999 Mary joined architects Walters & Cohen as a Director, working on a luxury spa and residential scheme in Canary Wharf. In 2002, intrigued by the relationship between landscape architecture and the built environment, Mary joined Gustafson Porter. In 2011 she became a Founding Partner and from January 2017, Gustafson Porter became Gustafson Porter + Bowman in recognition of Mary’s contribution.
Mary has lectured on landscape architecture at universities in London, Manchester, Stockholm, Talinn, and Valencia. She has sat on the end-of-year jury for the Mackintosh School of Architecture, Glasgow as well as judging the RIBA Awards. She is an external examiner for the Architectural Association, having tutored for a number of years. She was a member of the AA Council 2005-2009 and served as Vice President 2005-2007. Mary chaired the Landscape jury at 2017’s World Architecture Festival and she contributes annually to the 10×10 Drawing the City event for Article 25.
Mary has actively contributed to raising the profile of female architects in the industry, and she is currently on the steering group of the Equilibrium Network. The group aims to address the attrition rates of women professionals within the construction industry and to promote diversity in the construction industry.