Collage City Studio
Formed in May 2012, Collage City Studio is lead by Professor Miriam Gusevich, with assistance from Joseph Barrick, Filipe Da Silva Pereira, Peter Miles, and Nina Tatic. As a studio, we strive to create a vibrant, creative, and bold vision for the future of McMillan Park. At the core of our philosophy is the desire to listen: to the site, history, and the community.
Miriam Gusevich is an urban designer, with built projects in Chicago and award winning master plans and design competitions, a scholar with extensive publications and lectures on her design work and on broader theoretical issues and a teacher at various universities, currently at the School of Architecture and Planning at the Catholic University of America, in Washington, DC.
She received a B Arch '75, and M Arch in Urban Desig '79 from Cornell University and was a Loeb Fellow '97 at Harvard University. She was born and raised in Havana, Cuba and emigrated to New York City in 1968.
Joseph Barrick is a senior architecture student at the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. He is a first place winner of the 2012 Patrick Cardinal O’Boyle Foreign Studies Competition, received honorable mention in Gowanus By Design’s Water_Works competition, and was placed twice on the Dean’s List while at CUA. Joseph was born and raised in Catonsville, MD, and recently graduated with his Associates Degree from Anne Arundel Community College.
By request of his professor, Miriam Gusevich, Joseph was brought on to the design team in May 2012 and was immediately drawn to the unique experience of McMillan Park’s dynamic design, and was eager assist in a solution that was attentive to the desires of the community.
Filipe Da Silva Pereira is currently a senior architecture student at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. He was born and raised in Santa Catarina, Brazil and moved to the DC Metropolitan Area in 2000. In 2009, he moved to Scranton, PA to pursuit his Bachelor’s Degree at Marywood University. After completing two years of higher education at Marywood University he returned to DC in 2010 to continue his education. Filipe was awarded 3rd place in the Patrick Cardinal O’Boyle Foreign Studies Competition and he expects to receive a BS in Architecture from The Catholic University of America in May 2013.
Filipe believes that architecture should extend into the realm of environmental stewardship and philanthropy. For these reasons, he was invited by Professor Miriam Gusevich to help save McMillan Park. Filipe immediately accepted the challenge and is eager to continue contributing to this important project.
Peter Miles is an aspiring architect, and senior architecture student at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. He was awarded 2nd place in the Patrick Cardinal O’Boyle Foreign Studies Competition, has made the dean’s list each semester at CUA, and gained entry into Tau Sigma Delta, the national architecture honor society. Intrigued by the potential and mystery of the site, he joined the design team in May 2012, at the request of Professor Miriam Gusevich, and has contributed to the pro-bono effort ever since.
Peter was born and raised in Annapolis, MD. He received an Associates degree in Architecture from Anne Arundel Community College, and expects to receive a BS in Architecture from The Catholic University of America in May 2013.
Nina Tatic is a senior architecture student at the Catholic University of America. She came to Washington, D.C. as an international transfer student from Bosnia and Herzegovina, where she finished two years of architecture at the University of Sarajevo. Her hard work and passion for architecture pushed her to the upper echelon of her class as she made it on the dean’s list her first three semesters at CUA, as well gaining entry into the national architecture honor society, Tau Sigma Delta. Her long-term goal is to finish the Master of Architecture and City and Regional Planning, and to pursue a career in architecture.
Introduced to McMillan by her professor Miriam Gusevich, she realized the great potential the site has, and welcomed the opportunity to work on a real project, outside of the normal studio setting.