Mary Anne is an urban designer and principal whose multidisciplinary training and experience allow her to work across contexts and scales. Mary Anne’s collaborative approach integrates planning, landscape, and architecture. Her philosophy centers on achieving design excellence through a critical understanding of the academic vision and community contexts. In all of her work, Mary Anne places particular emphasis on understanding and building upon the complex interrelationships of institutions and cities.
As an urban design leader at Sasaki, Mary Anne employs her unique perspective to working with universities by creating a seamless translation of institutional missions into strategic and exciting visions that enhance the quality and performance of the physical environment. Further contributing to her work in higher education, Mary Anne teaches as a lecturer in urban design at MIT with a focus on urban resilience in socio-economically and environmentally vulnerable contexts. In the past, she has also held teaching appointments at Syracuse University, Wentworth Institute of Technology, and Cornell University.
Mary Anne holds a master of architecture in urban design from Harvard University, a master of architecture from Cornell University, and a bachelor of architecture from the University of Kentucky. She currently serves as Chair of the Board of Trustees at the Sasaki Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to addressing inequity through design.
Watch a WGBH interview with planner and principal Mary Anne Ocampo on what schools can expect this fall
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