About

Our purpose:

GM2 is an urban design firm with experience in national and international projects. Our interdisciplinary work  integrates architecture, landscape, infrastructure and public art. We believe in the power of design to transform reality; to build public trust and rebuild our common world.

We are dedicated to working with civic leaders working for the public good.  Our talents, technical expertise, and experience can help you transform seemingly intractable political challenges into successful and innovative interventions.  When you hire us, you get a unique design responsive to your site, your common purposes, your goals, and your budget.  

Public projects can be very time consuming. To expedite your project, we integrate full design services (from concept to working drawings), planning for formal approvals and innovative community outreach through multiple media (including design charrettes, websites, public presentations, project videos and social media).  

Gm2 is a woman and minority owned firm. 

Our story:

Our creative collaboration started at the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. We quickly went beyond academic projects to collaborate on urban design competitions. The turning point was our work on the “People’s Plan for McMillan Park, in Washington, DC”.  The enthusiastic public response to our team’s work and the encouragement of the community and colleagues led us to start GM2 in 2013.  We joined David Miles, the founder of the Drawing Board, Inc, a successful architect for 25 years and Peter’s father. 
From the start, we chose to concentrate on urban design and memorial landscape projects and to collaborate with the Drawing Board, Inc on architectural projects. We build on Miriam’s experience in major public projects, Jay’s artistic talents, David’s building experience and update it all with Peter’s digital and communication skills. 
Since our founding, GM2 has accomplished a few new milestones. We received three awards in International Design Competitions: two for “Constellations” a master plan for Central Kiev and a Memorial for the victims of Euromaidan and one for “Yahtzeit Candles”, a master plan and memorial for Babyn Yar, one of the most notorious Holocaust sites.  This award led to “Remember” a Memorial Landscape for the Jewish Cemetery in Sambir, in Western Ukraine.  
We are grateful for the support and trust we have received and look forward to serving you and fulfilling your trust.

    Miriam  is an award-winning  urban designer, public intellectual and teacher .  She is a founding principal of Gusevich-Miles Studio, LLC, (GM2) based in Washington, DC and Annapolis, MD.   She is a tenured Professor at the Catholic University of America.  (See awards and CV)  Miriam was born and raised in Havana, Cuba.  As a political refugee and the child of double refugees, she has known displacement intimately and understands the significance of place.  She emigrated with her family in 1968, as American cities were burning. These experiences have inspired her love of cities and landscapes, her passion to create meaningful public places and her compassion to serve people’s hopes for a better future.    Miriam fulfilled her American dream thanks to American generosity.  She received her Bachelor of Architecture ‘75 and a Master of Architecture in Urban Design ’79 at Cornell University.  She received a Loeb Fellowship ’97 at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design in honor of her civic contributions.     Miriam’s experience includes complex multi-agency projects ranging in scale from the reconstruction of 28 miles of Chicago’s public lakefront and a county wide River Walk to neighborhood parks.  She was the lead designer for the Turning Basin in the Chicago River, and contributed to Master plans for the Chicago Shoreline, the Riverwalk system, the Navy Pier Headlands, the Museum Campus, and regional parks: Grant Park, Burnham Park, Lincoln Park and Jackson Park.   Her built projects include the Jane Addams Memorial Park (with Louise Bourgeois), Congress Plaza (National AIA award), the Cancer Survivor’s Garden in Grant Park (with Julie Gross and Ron Salazar).  Her design and advocacy for Mandrake Park, (North Kenwood-Oakland Master Plan) transformed a dangerous demilitarized crack zones into a renewed neighborhood.    Recent design awards include: “Heart and Soul”  Sibbesborg, a new town in Finland (2011), “Constellations”, the Memorial to the Euro-Maidan victims and the Master Plan for Central Kyiv, Ukraine (2015) and “Yahtzeit Candles”, a Memorial Landscape for “Babyn-Yar” in Kyiv, Ukraine (2016). This has led to the commission for a Memorial Landscape for the Jewish Cemetery in Sambir, in Western Ukraine. 

 

Miriam  is an award-winning  urban designer, public intellectual and teacher .  She is a founding principal of Gusevich-Miles Studio, LLC, (GM2) based in Washington, DC and Annapolis, MD.   She is a tenured Professor at the Catholic University of America.  (See awards and CV)

Miriam was born and raised in Havana, Cuba.  As a political refugee and the child of double refugees, she has known displacement intimately and understands the significance of place.  She emigrated with her family in 1968, as American cities were burning. These experiences have inspired her love of cities and landscapes, her passion to create meaningful public places and her compassion to serve people’s hopes for a better future.  

Miriam fulfilled her American dream thanks to American generosity.  She received her Bachelor of Architecture ‘75 and a Master of Architecture in Urban Design ’79 at Cornell University.  She received a Loeb Fellowship ’97 at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design in honor of her civic contributions.   

Miriam’s experience includes complex multi-agency projects ranging in scale from the reconstruction of 28 miles of Chicago’s public lakefront and a county wide River Walk to neighborhood parks.  She was the lead designer for the Turning Basin in the Chicago River, and contributed to Master plans for the Chicago Shoreline, the Riverwalk system, the Navy Pier Headlands, the Museum Campus, and regional parks: Grant Park, Burnham Park, Lincoln Park and Jackson Park. 

Her built projects include the Jane Addams Memorial Park (with Louise Bourgeois), Congress Plaza (National AIA award), the Cancer Survivor’s Garden in Grant Park (with Julie Gross and Ron Salazar).  Her design and advocacy for Mandrake Park, (North Kenwood-Oakland Master Plan) transformed a dangerous demilitarized crack zones into a renewed neighborhood.  

Recent design awards include: “Heart and Soul”  Sibbesborg, a new town in Finland (2011), “Constellations”, the Memorial to the Euro-Maidan victims and the Master Plan for Central Kyiv, Ukraine (2015) and “Yahtzeit Candles”, a Memorial Landscape for “Babyn-Yar” in Kyiv, Ukraine (2016). This has led to the commission for a Memorial Landscape for the Jewish Cemetery in Sambir, in Western Ukraine. 

 
 

Miriam  is an award-winning  urban designer, public intellectual and teacher .  She is a founding principal of Gusevich-Miles Studio, LLC, (GM2) based in Washington, DC and Annapolis, MD.   She is a tenured Professor at the Catholic University of America.  (See awards and CV)

Miriam was born and raised in Havana, Cuba.  As a political refugee and the child of double refugees, she has known displacement intimately and understands the significance of place.  She emigrated with her family in 1968, as American cities were burning. These experiences have inspired her love of cities and landscapes, her passion to create meaningful public places and her compassion to serve people’s hopes for a better future.  

Miriam fulfilled her American dream thanks to American generosity.  She received her Bachelor of Architecture ‘75 and a Master of Architecture in Urban Design ’79 at Cornell University.  She received a Loeb Fellowship ’97 at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design in honor of her civic contributions.   

Miriam’s experience includes complex multi-agency projects ranging in scale from the reconstruction of 28 miles of Chicago’s public lakefront and a county wide River Walk to neighborhood parks.  She was the lead designer for the Turning Basin in the Chicago River, and contributed to Master plans for the Chicago Shoreline, the Riverwalk system, the Navy Pier Headlands, the Museum Campus, and regional parks: Grant Park, Burnham Park, Lincoln Park and Jackson Park. 

Her built projects include the Jane Addams Memorial Park (with Louise Bourgeois), Congress Plaza (National AIA award), the Cancer Survivor’s Garden in Grant Park (with Julie Gross and Ron Salazar).  Her design and advocacy for Mandrake Park, (North Kenwood-Oakland Master Plan) transformed a dangerous demilitarized crack zones into a renewed neighborhood.  

Recent design awards include: “Heart and Soul”  Sibbesborg, a new town in Finland (2011), “Constellations”, the Memorial to the Euro-Maidan victims and the Master Plan for Central Kyiv, Ukraine (2015) and “Yahtzeit Candles”, a Memorial Landscape for “Babyn-Yar” in Kyiv, Ukraine (2016). This has led to the commission for a Memorial Landscape for the Jewish Cemetery in Sambir, in Western Ukraine. 

 
 
 Peter Miles is a practicing architect at the Drawing Board, Inc, in Annapolis Maryland and an associate partner at Gusevich-Miles Studio.    Peter was born and raised in Annapolis MD, where he was homeschooled. He received an Associate degree in Architecture ’12 from Anne Arundel Community College, his BS in Architecture ’13 Summa Cum Laude and his MArch ’16 from the Catholic University of America.  At Peter received the Patrick Cardinal O’Boyle Foreign Studies Competition (2012).he was in the Dean’s list every semester and became a member of Tau Sigma Delta, the national architecture honor society.    Recent professional projects include the Palotti High School addition, The West Annapolis Mall renovation and many residential and commercial commissions.    Peter received an international award for “Yahrtzeit Candles” a Master Plan for “Babyn Yar - Dorogozhychy Necropolis” in Kyiv, Ukraine (2016).  He is a co-author of the People’s Plan for McMillan Park. www.McMillanPark.com.  The project was featured in the Washington Post.  His team was featured as young leaders in the journal of the National Trust of Historic Preservation.   

Peter Miles is a practicing architect at the Drawing Board, Inc, in Annapolis Maryland and an associate partner at Gusevich-Miles Studio.  

Peter was born and raised in Annapolis MD, where he was homeschooled. He received an Associate degree in Architecture ’12 from Anne Arundel Community College, his BS in Architecture ’13 Summa Cum Laude and his MArch ’16 from the Catholic University of America.  At Peter received the Patrick Cardinal O’Boyle Foreign Studies Competition (2012).he was in the Dean’s list every semester and became a member of Tau Sigma Delta, the national architecture honor society.  

Recent professional projects include the Palotti High School addition, The West Annapolis Mall renovation and many residential and commercial commissions.  

Peter received an international award for “Yahrtzeit Candles” a Master Plan for “Babyn Yar - Dorogozhychy Necropolis” in Kyiv, Ukraine (2016).  He is a co-author of the People’s Plan for McMillan Park. www.McMillanPark.com.  The project was featured in the Washington Post.  His team was featured as young leaders in the journal of the National Trust of Historic Preservation. 
 

Peter Miles is a practicing architect at the Drawing Board, Inc, in Annapolis Maryland and an associate partner at Gusevich-Miles Studio.  

Peter was born and raised in Annapolis MD, where he was homeschooled. He received an Associate degree in Architecture ’12 from Anne Arundel Community College, his BS in Architecture ’13 Summa Cum Laude and his MArch ’16 from the Catholic University of America.  At Peter received the Patrick Cardinal O’Boyle Foreign Studies Competition (2012).he was in the Dean’s list every semester and became a member of Tau Sigma Delta, the national architecture honor society.  

Recent professional projects include the Palotti High School addition, The West Annapolis Mall renovation and many residential and commercial commissions.  

Peter received an international award for “Yahrtzeit Candles” a Master Plan for “Babyn Yar - Dorogozhychy Necropolis” in Kyiv, Ukraine (2016).  He is a co-author of the People’s Plan for McMillan Park. www.McMillanPark.com.  The project was featured in the Washington Post.  His team was featured as young leaders in the journal of the National Trust of Historic Preservation. 

David's story: 

David is a professional architect with over 25 years of experience in residential, commercial and institutional projects.  

David was born in Baltimore, Maryland and studied at the University of Maryland, College Park, MD.  He received his B.Arch’ 78  and has been practicing in Annapolis since 1983. In 1991 he founded The Drawing Board, Inc. as a full service Architectural firm working from initial planning and design through permit filing, contractor negotiation and construction administration.  In 2013 he co-founded Gusevich-Miles Studio. 

David has completed hundreds of commercial and residential projects throughout Maryland including many in the sensitive historic core of Annapolis. He has developed novel approaches to storm water coastal floodplains and buffer regulations in the Maryland Critical Area and has been successful in getting projects approved and built. 

David is licensed in: Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina and Pennsylvania and is a member the Annapolis Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.  David is married to Donna Miles and has four sons.  

Jay is an experienced architect and urban designer, a gifted artist and architectural illustrator. He is the founder of Kabriel Graphics. 

Jay was born in Nebraska and grew up in Oklahoma.  He received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from Oklahoma State and his Master of Architecture from Columbia University.  Since 1967, he has been a professor at the Catholic University of America.  
He worked with Harry Weese in the Washington Metro.  He has participated in many urban design charrettes and has collaborated with many architectural firms and institutions: Ayers Saint Gross, Skidmore Owens and Merrill,  Wilmont Bower and Quilin, The National Museum of American History in Washington DC, Joe Boggs in Annapolis, MD and Melvin Villarroel in Marbella, Spain.  
His architectural drawings have been published in numerous books, journals and reports, most recently in Dhiru A. Thadani, The Language of Towns and Cities, A Visual Dictionary, 2010.  
Recently, in collaboration with Miriam and Peter, he received four international awards “Heart and Soul” for Sibbesborg, a new town in Finland (2011), “Constellations” the Memorial to the Martyrs of Euro-Maidan and the Master Plan for central Kyiv, Ukraine (two awards - 2015) and “Yahrtzeit Candles” a Master Plan for “Babyn Yar - Dorogozhychy Necropolis” in Kyiv, Ukraine (2016).  He is also collaborating in Sambir, Ukraine.  Jay has two sons, Joe, a painter and Jeff, an architect. and Brooke, a granddaughter.