Merle Thorpe Biography

Merle Thorpe AIA is the principal of Merle Thorpe Architects, PLLC. He brings over 30 years' experience as a practicing architect, including over 20 years in Washington, D.C. as founding partner both of this and his prior architecture firm. Most of his work focuses on substantial construction projects for new and existing residences, as well as for select institutions and commercial retailers. Many of his projects also involve substantial renovations or historic restorations. His work has been recognized for excellence by his profession and clients, and has received numerous Awards for Distinctive Residential Architecture and an Award for Excellence by the Washington Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

A native of New Hampshire, Merle attended the Neuchatel College in Neuchatel Switzerland and the Rosentiel School of the University of Miami, earning a B.S. in Marine Biology in 1977. He studied architecture at Harvard University and the University of Pennsylvania, culminating in a Master of Architecture at the Graduate School of Fine Arts (GSFA) of the University of Pennsylvania in 1980. While attending UPenn, Merle served as co-editor of VIA 5, a multi-disciplinary scholarly arts journal published by the GSFA. He earned a three-month travel fellowship to study architecture in Europe for his work on the integration of the interdependent graduate schools that comprise the GSFA.

After graduation, Merle returned to New Hampshire and began a five year association with the architectural firm Banwell, White, Arnold and Hemberger in Hanover, New Hampshire, the second largest firm in the state which focused on development of educational and recreational facilities. He moved to Washington, D.C. in 1989, where he associated briefly with Bowie Gridley Architects before co-founding the practice of Horsey and Thorpe Architects in 1990. In 2002 Merle founded Merle Thorpe Architects PLLC.



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