New Partner Marijke Smit

MKThink is pleased to welcome back Marijke Smit. She rejoins the MKThink team as full Partner, leading company growth and best practices in Planning and Architecture and advancing the company’s Futures Lab. Marijke previously worked for the firm from 2008 – 2010 in the role of Director of Planning.

Marijke returns to MKThink from an eight-year tenure at Project Frog, the pre-fab sustainable building company incubated and launched by MKThink in 2006. Rising from Vice President of Partnerships to Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, she defined and expanded Project Frog’s component building solutions in the education, civic, and retail sectors. Under her leadership, Project Frog grew 468% in 3 years, earning a spot on Inc. Magazine’s 2013 list of the 100 fastest growing manufacturing companies.

“MKThink taught me how to think differently about the built environment and its relationship to the human condition. It’s a culture a analytic thinking that I’ve brought to every aspect of my career—mostly because it reveals connections that always surprise me and that always inform better, more effective decisions,” said Marijke. “I’m excited to come home to MKThink, apply my learnings, and help steer the next generation of the company.”

Marijke brings twenty years of experience in urban design, planning, entrepreneurship, green technology, community engagement, marketing and corporate leadership. The focus of her career has been on the nexus between people, activities, and place, guiding PK-12, higher education, and civic institutions in optimizing and realizing the economic and human potential of their built environments. Prior to MKThink and Project Frog, Marijke directed the Strategies Group at Perkins Eastman in New York and led Community and Environmental Affairs for the Moynihan Station Redevelopment Corporation.

Building Design + Construction’s named her on its 2008 list of “40 Under 40”. Her work has been featured in Wired MagazinePreservation Magazine, and The New York Times. She earned her Bachelor’s in American Studies from Columbia College and did her Masters work in Urban Planning at Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation.

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