Morgan Failla

Job Captain
Key Projects:
  • PDI Headquarters (with another firm)

Morgan Failla

Job Captain

Morgan joined BVH in February of 2021. She was born in Baltimore, Marylanda loyal Ravens fan for lifeand received her Bachelor of Architecture from Carnegie Mellon University.  While at Carnegie Mellon, she studied abroad during her third year at CMU’s campus in Doha, Qatar and in her fifth year at the Danish Institute for Study Abroad. Upon graduating, she worked at Gensler for seven years, first at their Houston office and then at their Baltimore office. 

Morgan is an only child and spent a lot of time growing up exploring the woods behind her childhood home with her dog. She built teepees from collected tree limbs and igloos when snow presented itself. She’s always been intrigued by creating things and getting her hands dirty architecture just made sense. 

Morgan is always looking for the next adventure. She trains olympic weightlifting, but would skip the gym to ski some fresh powder any day. Need a buddy to road trip cross country, cycle a century, or run a half marathon? Friends have asked all these questions and her answer is always a resounding yes.

What is the favorite place you have visited?
A tie between Jordan, Iceland, and Mexico CityI visited them at very different times in my life and each had a profound impact.

What is the most impactful thing you’ve learned over the course of your career?
A past colleague wrote me a letter that continues to live with me. He first quoted Emerson –  “God will not have his work made manifest by cowards.” Then he told me, “As you become the master in life, don’t forget to find someone for whom to pass all that wisdom. Find an empty vessel and fill it with your inherent spirit. Continue to be bold!” This is some of the most honest, grounding advice I’ve been given.

What is your favorite building or who is your favorite architect and why?
My favorite built work is the Rooftop Remodeling Falkestrasse by Coop Himmelb(l)au. In college, I become fascinated by parasitic architecture, which often lives in the conceptual realm, such as in the work of Lebbeus Woods. It’s hard to explain why this project speaks to me, but it screams defiance, intrigue, and beauty.