​                                                      To see, DRAW every day.


Beginning work life as a Construction Supervisor renovating Tiffany & Co's Fifth Avenue flagship store, I learned the messy, practical way to get things done: by knowing how to speak to contractors!  It helped that the job required expert craftsmanship, maniacal scheduling, and the diplomatic expertise to satisfy cost-conscious corporate chieftains, gruff security personnel, and unhappily punctual floor managers. 

With that formative experience, and coming from the process-oriented education I received at avant garde grad schoolSCI-Arc, during its golden years in Santa Monica, I learned that design starts by asking questions, not imagining answers:

      from clients, their needs & wants;

      from contractors, their means & methods;

      from building sites, their limits & opportunities;

      from materials of construction, their strengths & economies.    

Armed with these methods, all work is design and any design work can be addressed - from furniture & interiors to ground-up buildings, and from illustration to graphic design. 

Drawing is a process of asking the hand to follow what your eye sees. If you succeed at that, you can dispose of the finished drawing afterward and you'll still retain the having-had-seen.    

By drawing, I learned how to see.

By design, I learned to how to do.     



Benjamin Marcus Architect   |  LLC

architectural "architectural services" "architectural design" services "custom design" services "interior design" services "modern design" "illustration" services illustrator custom art drawing watercolor design invitations "book cover" design services "book illustration" services "children's" furniture design "graphic design" graphics "custom graphics" signage postcard design "design services" logo design "custom logo" design sketch sketching "business card" "greeting card" wedding "bar mitzvah" "bat mitzvah" "graduation" "valentines" "ketubah" "food label" label "wine label" letterhead poster flyer "change of address" event "home portrait" "rendering" freehand 

Works that give you a

Way of Seeing 






Licensed   in the States of New York and Pennsylvania

                                                NY : 031940          PA : RA405431
Certified    NCARB
Member    American Institute of Architects


Ermenegildo Zegna Stores for Sawicki Tarella Architecture + Design
Eames Office / Ray Eames  -  "Eames Design Monograph"    

Santiago Calatrava - Cathedral of St John The Divine Bioshelter          

Frank O Gehry - Edgemar Development

Michael Sorkin - Spreebogen Competition                                  

Gaetano Pesce - Custom Resin Fabrications

Conde Nast Traveler Magazine  - Editorial Illustration                        

SCI-Arc (Southern California Institute of Architecture)  
-  Master of Architecture
New York University                                                       
-  Bachelor of Philosophy
Atelier Italia - Hadrian's Villa                                         
-  Research & Documentation

Philadelphia College of Art
Moore College of Art           
} inter alia                -  Drawing & Painting
Philadelphia Museum of Art

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