Our purpose:

GM2 is an urban design firm with experience in national and international projects.  We are an interdisciplinary firm that integrates architecture, landscape, infrastructure and public art. 

We are committed to the design of environmental projects for the benefit of communities, large and small.  We are dedicated to working with civic leaders in business, government and non-profit sectors, working for the public good.  When you hire us, you get a unique design responsive to your site, your common purposes, your goals, and your budget.  Our talents, technical expertise, and experience can help you transform seemingly intractable political challenges into successful and innovative interventions. 

We know that 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 to build public support design charrettes, websites, public presentations, project videos and social media. 

 We believe in the power of design to transform reality, to build public trust and bring people together for a common purpose.  We also believe in the power of art to inspire a common vision.  For us, landscapes tell stories of people, places and purposes that evolve over time. We listen to these stories from the past to co-write your story of hope for the future. 

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. 

 

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