This past December, Helpern Architects’ Architectural Designer Marian Paredes Suarez displayed her other talent – photography – at the famous Soho Photo Gallery in Tribeca, an art photography venue. The exhibit included black and white almost-abstract images of NYC buildings, both contemporary and classic; the one shown above is of the new 1 World Trade Center in downtown Manhattan. Also exhibited was a series of time-stop color images of night lights in the city.
Marian joined Helpern Architects in 2013. She is involved in many of the firm’s hospitality and institutional designs, under the direction of Vice President for Design Karl A. Lehrke. Currently working on the new AC Hotel by Marriott to the west of Times Square, she also continues on the CUNY/John Jay College Natatorium renovation. She was part of the Helpern team for the Unite to Save the Frick planning study, a privately-funded counter-proposal that effectively stopped insensitive expansion on the treasured Frick Collection campus.
Marian’s home is Vigo, in the Galicia section of Spain just north of Portugal. She has both a Bachelors and Masters degree in Architecture, and an additional Master’s degree in Urbanism and Environmental Design. She was for a while on the staff of the Vigo City Council Office of Urbanism and Town Planning, and has also worked in Ireland and Italy.
A report about Marian’s photography in the Vigo paper quoted her: “It’s really special to know what your art means to other people.”