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Clare Marino, Partner; Colline Hernandez-Ayala, Partner; Robin Menge, Associate; Rosana Torres, Associate

GTM Architects

7735 Old Georgetown Road
Bethesda, MD


What advice would you offer for women just starting out?

Find a career that you enjoy and freely share your experiences with other women.  
Empower each other by asking questions, bouncing ideas off each other and building up those around you. Train yourself to look at every challenge, not as a problem, but as an opportunity to learn and to become better in what you do.

What is the biggest challenge in your job?

To balance creativity, time, constructability and budget for our projects and our clients. We operate in a collaborative environment and uncover great ideas through teamwork. Each project is different and we learn something new every day.

What brings you the most satisfaction in your work? 

We thrive on helping clients achieve their vision. This runs true throughout the commercial and residential studios in our firm. We are not here as architects and designers to tell our clients what they want. It is important to listen and to combine the client’s desire with our skill set to achieve successful projects for our clients. We take great pride that our project base is comprised of many repeat clients.


2016 Pro-Remodeler Gold Design Award (Whole House Remodel); 2016 Pro-Remodeler Silver Design Award (Commercial Remodel); 2015 Peerless Award Preserving Rockville’s Heritage (Adaptive ReUse); 2015 ASID 

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