Margaret Sullivan Studio is a full service design firm focused on the needs of forward-thinking civic and cultural institutions. We envision, program, and design educational institutions for the 21st century.
We create conditions for communities to flourish.
Margaret Sullivan Studio uses design to empower public libraries and other mission-driven institutions to realize their fullest potential. We create experiences and advance places that contribute to community improvement and individual enlightenment.
Our country’s public spaces and institutions can strengthen communities and enable social cohesion with intentional design and innovation. Our strategies foster cultural identity and community gathering, broadening experiences and learning for all!
We help clients envision their preferred future.
Our Studio provides strategic planning, master facilities planning, architecture and interior design, organizational development, and community engagement services.
We continually evolve our design process and grow our understanding so that we are able to transform visions into tangible realities. Our ideas help move the public library industry towards a community-centered model through the utilization of participatory, service, and human-centered design. Our work empowers clients to catalyze their communities!
We are national experts.
Our Studio connects innovators, futurists, and contemporary library service ideas to librarians and community leaders, and we continue to revolutionize the industry by introducing impact-driven techniques to public space and experience design. We devise new methodologies and design strategies to reflect the Aspen Institute’s “People, Places and Platforms” and American Library Association’s “Libraries Transform” approach.
Since the firm’s establishment in 2014, Margaret Sullivan Studio has worked with over forty public library systems to define their 21st century library. These organizations include New York Public Library, Richland (SC) Library, DC Public Library, Las Vegas-Clark County Library District, New Haven Free Public Library, Salt Lake City Public Library, and Memphis Public Library.
We uphold our clients’ values.
Our team ensures the realization of strategic goals by applying an iterative design process and collaborating with experts. We serve as liaison, steward, translator, and integrator to uphold our clients’ goals. We facilitate communication among multi-disciplinary practitioners to maintain a culture of inquiry for powerful results.
Place Laura gets inspired: Fort Tryon Park, or anywhere in nature!
Favorite book she last read: Deep Work by Cal Newport
Outside of the studio, you can find Laura: Playing frisbee with her dog, Beans, and recipe testing and researching nutrition.
Lyna holds a master’s degree in food studies from New York University; her focus includes food advocacy and the examination of food systems and its effects on our communities, health, and environment. She explores the intersection of design and food, and the ways that issues can be creatively addressed to create impactful experiences that advance equity among communities. Lyna is fluent in conversational Mandarin and is also a trained health-supportive chef.
Recent article published: Ingrained (a personal story about rice, its history, family and identity). Peddler Journal, Issue Three
Recent proud moment: Running along 26,000 people in the Brooklyn Half Marathon— the country’s largest!
Personality Type: ENTP
Most Inspired: When brainstorming with friends how to carry out an exciting new idea
Outside of the studio you can find Maddy: Grocery shopping at the Union Square green market or cooking in my tiny apartment!
Maddy is always: Googling
Neely also has a passion for graphic design, merging this skill with her work with the Studio in every opportunity. In the past she has served as graphic designer for Clemson Athletics and Communications Manager for a 2-year-long sustainable house competition called the Solar Decathlon. On the side she likes to dabble in calligraphy and watercolors.
Place Neely gets inspired: The Beekman Hotel Café/Bar
Favorite book she last read: Devil in the White City
Outside of the studio, you can find Neely: biking around the city!