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Pierhouse and 1Hotel by MARVEL.
3/3/21, 6pm - 7pm
1.0 LU

*This event is occurring as a live webinar. Registrants will be emailed a link to access the program.*

Person Place Thing is an interview show hosted by Randy Cohen based on the idea that people are particularly engaging when they speak, not directly about themselves, but about something they care about. 

Cohen’s guests talk about one person, one place, and one thing that is important to them. The result: surprising stories from great speakers. This installment of Person Place Thing will be a conversation with Jonathan Marvel, Founding Principal of MARVEL. 

Ordinarily, this program takes place live, on-stage, but for the duration of the current crisis, we’ll livestream our conversations.

For more information and to hear past episodes, visit

Jonathan Marvel, FAIA, ASLA Affiliate
, Founding Principal, MARVEL
Randy Cohen, Host, Person Place Thing

Born in Puerto Rico, Jonathan Marvel is an architect and urban designer with over 30 years of experience providing architectural planning and community, economic, and sustainable development of public spaces, educational institutions, single- and multi-family housing, libraries, museums and large-scale mixed-use developments. He is Founding Principal of MARVEL, with offices in New York and San Juan. In 2017,  Marvel co-founded Resilient Power Puerto Rico and since then has spoken on behalf of the island’s needs at TEDx Dartmouth, The Architectural League, AIA Puerto Rico, UMass Club, Colegio de Arquitectos de Puerto Rico, Universidad Politécnica de Puerto Rico, and the Universitario Tecnológico de Bayamón’s Presidential Keynote. Marvel is the recipient of national and international design awards, including a 2019 Presidential Citation by the American Institute of Architects, and was named one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People of 2019. He sits on the boards of the Buckminster Fuller Institute and he Isamu Noguchi Museum and chaired the AIANY Planning and Urban Design Committee from 2013 to 2019. Marvel has contributed essays on museums, public community spaces, and micro-housing, and is also the founder of Truck Product Architecture, Rock 12 Security Architecture, and Citizen Designer, a participatory planning, listening and advocacy effort. Marvel teaches at Pratt Institute’s Graduate School of Planning and Placemaking, and since 1990 has taught as an adjunct at Columbia, Harvard, Parsons, Rice University, Washington University, and Syracuse.

Randy Cohen’s first professional work was writing humor pieces, essays, and stories for newspapers and magazines (The New YorkerHarpersThe Atlantic, Young Love Comics). His first television work was writing for “Late Night With David Letterman,” for which he won three Emmy awards. His fourth Emmy was for his work on Michael Moore’s “TV Nation.” He received a fifth Emmy as a result of a clerical error, and he kept it. For twelve years he wrote “The Ethicist,” a weekly column for The New York Times Magazine. His most recent book, Be Good: How to Navigate the Ethics of Everything, was published by Chronicle.

Organized by
Center for Architecture and Person Place Thing
Pierhouse and 1Hotel by MARVEL.
3/3/21, 6pm - 7pm
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