The latest from Marble Fairbanks


July 13, 2017

Marble Fairbanks is pleased to announce two new leadership positions: Design Director and Organization Director.


Nicholas Desbiens AIA, LEED AP

Nicholas Desbiens, Design Director, joined Marble Fairbanks in 2016, bringing expertise in the integration and customization of digital tools into the design process. As Design Director, Nick ensures that the highest quality of design is realized at all scales of a project – from concept through detailing and construction – and that each project addresses the unique needs of our clients. His work at Marble Fairbanks includes leading the design team for The Women’s Building and the award-winning Greenpoint Library and Environmental Education Center, as well as current projects for Part of the Solution in the Bronx and the Center for Academic Success at Lawrence University in Wisconsin.
You can contact Nick directly at

Jason Roberts AIA

Jason Roberts, Organization Director, has been a key member of the Marble Fairbanks team since 2012. He has managed projects for clients at Brooklyn Public Library, New York Public Library, Hunter College, Lawrence University, Parsons School of Design, among others, and plays a key role in our development of customized parametric planning techniques best demonstrated in our work for Re-envisioning Branch Libraries. As Organization Director, Jason manages the office building and construction standards, making sure all the key technical criteria and goals are met in the development of a project. He interfaces with the full project team, communicating with consultants, contractors, and clients to deliver design excellence.
Please reach out to Jason at


May 11, 2017

Greenpoint Library and Environmental Education Center received a Design Award from the City of New York. All winners will be honored tonight at the 35th Annual Awards for Excellence by Mayor Bill de Blasio. Read the official press release here.

The new Greenpoint Library for Brooklyn Public Library replaces an existing, outdated one-story library, providing significantly enlarged indoor and outdoor space to house everyday library use and programming for the exploration of the environment. The project is expected to open in 2018. See all the updated renderings and plans on our website here.


March 3, 2017

Scott will be participating in events throughout Georgia Tech School of Architecture‘s one day Ventulett Symposium, Origination in Design & Collaboration: Practice & Pedagogy.

From the program: “This “Origination” Symposium and Exhibition of the Ventulett Studio Work : Nine Cities : 2012 to 2017, seeks to provide a platform whereby Architects, Team Builders and Academics can share their insight and stories, around the locus of inception of great architectural work, as achieved in practice and reflected in pedagogy.

The symposium will take place on March 11th; RSVP here


February 28, 2017

In celebration of Women’s History Month, Karen spoke to Barnard College about why she decided to pursue architecture. Read the interview here.

Karen was honored as the Claire Tow Professor of Professional Practice in Architecture at Barnard earlier this academic year. She is one of 12 endowed chairs generously supported by the Tow Foundation.


October 24, 2016

Marble Fairbanks has been selected for the GSA National IDIQ program focused on innovative workplace design for federal agencies around the country. This initiative is part of the GSA Total Workplace Program to design for the next generation workforce that is more flexible, collaborative, and mobile. Marble Fairbanks is one of twelve firms nationwide selected for projects as part of this program.


September 15, 2016

Karen will be participating in the panel discussion “Where are Libraries Headed?” presented by Brooklyn Public Library and the Architectural League of New York at the Brooklyn Book Festival.
The event is this Sunday, 11am, at the Brooklyn Historical Society. It is free and open to the public, so we hope to see you there!

Thanks, The Brooklyn Paper, for highlighting the event!

Event details can be found here.


November 30, 2015

Our own Karen Fairbanks has been awarded the 2015 Educator Award by the New York State AIA! Since she began at Barnard College’s Department of Architecture in 1996 (and since overseeing the merger of Barnard and Columbia Architecture as department chair), Karen has developed the curriculum’s engagement with urbanism, data analysis, and new forms of digital media and communication. Congrats Karen!


October 6, 2015

New York magazine architecture critic Justin Davidson will lead a conversation with Robert A.M. Stern, Herbert Newman, Kent Bloomer and our own Karen Fairbanks about the role of the public library in the 21st Century. Catch the event at the Center for Architecture on October 21, from 6 to 8PM. RSVP here.


September 28, 2015

We’ve expanded on Re-envisioning Branch Libraries to submit to the Knight News Challenge, “How might we make data work for individuals and communities?

The Knight Foundation is hosting an open call for for ideas that use data to inform and empower people to make decisions about their lives and their communities, and they are offering grants to the winning submissions. With help from our teammates at METRO, Pratt’s School of Information and Library Science, and Office:MG, we plan to empower librarians to act as data interpreters, curators, and storytellers by extending Data / City tools and training.

Anyone is welcome to provide feedback, be it a comment or a like. We’ll have an opportunity refine our submission based on your ideas and questions. Read about our project here to share your feedback.