Margie Lavender is a partner at Kligerman Architecture & Design. Having joined the firm in 2012, she’s brought an expert eye for detail and even some levity to complex large-scale projects in NYC, Dallas, Baltimore, Watch Hill, Mount Desert Island, and Martha’s Vineyard. She grew up in Dallas and earned her Bachelor of Architecture degree at the University of Texas at Austin, where she explored interests in sustainability and furniture design, and participated in a travel-intensive study abroad program in Japan that intensified her appreciation of the integration of craft in architecture and its interplay with nature and light. Relocating to Vail, Colorado after graduation, Margie designed houses for Rudi Fisher Architects and founded the practice’s interior design studio. Later in New York, she designed and managed residential projects for Oliver Cope Architect before joining Ike Kligerman Barkley. In addition to her design work, Margie developed an 8-week paid summer internship program in partnership with the NYC institution, Prep for Prep, whose mission is to develop future leaders by creating access for young people of color to first-rate educational and professional advancement opportunities. Margie is also passionate about gardening and our relationship to nature. She channels this as the Garden Club of Irvington Conservation Committee’s National Affairs and Legislation representative, and as co-founder of the Hastings Pollinator Pathway, a volunteer committee in Hastings-on-Hudson focused on opening people’s minds to gardening for biodiversity, recognizing that nature is where we live, be it urban or suburban, not somewhere else. She believes the most successful design occurs when the outdoors is an extension of the home and there is a seamless merging of inside an out. She lives in the Rivertowns just outside NYC with her husband, also an architect.