Marsden Architects, Inc. is a full-service architecture firm based in North Lake Tahoe, California. We are the realization of a unique vision for what a small architecture firm can be. Our intimate size allows us to take a holistic approach to the design process, giving each project the individualized hands-on attention and enthusiasm required to create exceptional architecture.
It is our mission to create architecturally inspiring homes that respond to the dynamic needs of our clients with reference to their lifestyles, families, and personalities. Beyond providing shelter from the elements, we believe a well-designed home also serves to elevate the human spirit and enhance the lives of its inhabitants. We achieve this level of design success by focusing on creativity, quality, and communication.
We bring original concepts and ideas to every project. We are thoughtful and thorough in each step of the design process, from first design schematics to construction document production. We invest in cutting edge technology that allows us to utilize the latest in 3D modeling software, graphics, and virtual reality to bring our designs to life. Most importantly, we first listen carefully to the client to interpret their vision for the project team.
From conception to completion, we strive to make each creative project an exciting, collaborative, and enjoyable process for all involved. At MAI the passion is in the process - we love our craft and remain grateful every day for the rewarding work we get to do and the wonderful clients we work with.
WHO WE ARE
As the President and Principal, it was Ryan’s vision to pursue his own philosophy of architecture that led to the founding of Marsden Architects. His passion for his craft is only matched by his dedication to his clients. Ryan is intimately involved in all aspects of every project, and his thoughtful focus on the client and on quality-driven design have become the guiding principles of the firm. His architectural work focuses on innovative design solutions that also engage the context of a site’s natural setting. Selections from his portfolio have been featured in Mountain Living, Tahoe Quarterly, Cowgirl Magazine, and Timber Home Living, among other publications.
Ryan received his architecture education at the University of Colorado and went on to have an esteemed 11-year tenure with Kelly & Stone Architects (KS|a) as Lead Designer and Senior Project Architect before setting out to establish his own firm. He has performed work and is a licensed architect in the states of California, Nevada, Colorado, Michigan, and West Virginia.
"Ultimately it is about the relationships and friendships formed throughout a project. Getting to know each client's unique vision, family dynamics, and personal tastes all create a story that I am lucky enough to interpret into architecture."
Kenzie joined Marsden Architects in January of 2019 as an Intern Architect. She is a 3D modeling and graphics expert and a critical asset to the MA team. She possesses a discerning interest in the field of architecture and is keen to learn as much as possible while working under the firm's Principal, Ryan Marsden. Kenzie attended the University of Colorado at Boulder, where she played on the women's soccer team while obtaining her bachelor's degree in Environmental Design. Growing up in the Lake Tahoe Basin, Kenzie always knew she would someday return to the Sierra Nevada . Mountains and has happily found her home in Truckee. When not in the studio, she can be found coaching at Dreamtown CrossFit, hiking wtih her dog Tuli, paddle boarding, camping, skiing, and pursuing all the other fun activities Lake Tahoe has to offer.
PROJECT MANAGER, DESIGNER
Keegan joined the MA team as a Project Manager and Designer in 2019, and brings a wealth of experience from different perspectives within the industry. A native of the Chicago area, Keegan dreamed of living in the mountains to pursue his love of skiing and mountain biking. He relocated to Lake Tahoe in 2012 after receiving his Bachelor of Architecture (BARCH) from CalPoly - San Luis Obispo. For Keegan, the mountain environment offers unbounded opportunities for the design of great spaces, inspiring an exceptional lifestyle and distinctive style of architecture.
PLANNING AND ARCHITECTURAL ASSOCIATE
JJ brings an extensive planning background to Marsden Architects and manages much of our design compliance, regulatory adherence, and entitlement satisfaction. Over the past 10 years, he has worked in both the public and private sectors, including being the assistant to a General Manager of a ski area, drafting environmental assessment documents for the US Forest Service in Colorado, working as a Management Analyst with Placer County, and most recently as a Regional Planning Consultant in the Tahoe Basin. JJ graduated from California State University, Chico with a B.S. in Business Administration (Recreation), and a minor in Psychology. He is a Certified Parks and Recreation Professional and is currently pursuing a certification from the American Planning Association. In his spare time, JJ enjoys adventuring with his fiancé and their enthusiastic dog, Izzy. They partake in all types of Tahoe recreation from ascending/descending our snow-clad mountains to relaxing along Lake Tahoe’s West Shore where they call home.
Matt joined Marsden Architects as the Business Manager to oversee day-to-day operations and marketing efforts. Prior to joining MA, he worked in the real estate industry in Colorado, the vacation rental industry in North Lake Tahoe, and for the Chamber Resort Association in Steamboat Springs where he developed an affinity for supporting and furthering small businesses. Originally from Michigan, Matt headed west drawn by the mountains and received his BA from The University of Colorado at Boulder. A self-professed architecture nerd, he enjoys being a part of the creative environment at MAI and promoting the firm's unique vision. Matt's interests include exploring the Sierra Nevada and Rocky Mountain ranges, skiing, wake surfing, reading, cooking, and travel.
Rocky has been snoozing under drafting desks & conference room tables since he was 6 weeks old and is the official MAI office dog.
Every day he shows up to work with his tail wagging with a smile on his face.