MPdL Studio Overview
Founded by National Design Award Winner, Monica Ponce de Leon, AIA, NCARB, MPdL Studio is an architecture and design firm which brings together an interdisciplinary team of architects and practitioners collaborating across offices in Ann Arbor, Boston, New York, and Princeton. Ponce de Leon's work as principal architect is integral to each project, and is supported by a diverse team bringing a unique point of view to each design process. MPdL Studio has extensive experience in institutional, cultural, civic, commercial, and private residential projects and has developed methodologies that allow the projects to be on time and on budget while delivering innovative and meaningful design. 

MPdL Studio is a certified Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) and Minority Business Enterprise (MBE).

Monica Ponce de Leon, AIA, NCARB, is the founding principal of MPdL Studio and dean of Princeton University School of Architecture. 
Among her many honors, Ponce de Leon received the National Design Award in Architecture from the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian National Design Museum. She has also been honored with the Academic Award in Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the USA Target Fellow in Architecture and Design from United States Artists, and the Young Architects and Emerging Voices awards from the Architectural League of New York. Her highly acclaimed and broadly published work has received 13 Progressive Architecture (P/A) Awards, 14 awards from the American Institute of Architects, including the AIA Institute Honor Award for Architecture, as well as the prestigious Harleston Parker Medal from the Boston Society of Architects. In 2016 Ponce de Leon was inducted into the National Academy of Design.

Known as an educational force, Ponce de Leon is currently a professor and the dean at Princeton University School of Architecture. From 2008 through 2015, she was the dean of Taubman College at the University of Michigan. For over 12 years, Ponce de Leon taught at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard, where she became a professor and served as the Graduate Program coordinator and was director of the Digital Fabrication Lab. Prior to her appointment at Harvard, Ponce de Leon was an assistant professor at Northeastern University. She has been a visiting professor or scholar at various institutions across the United States, including SCI-Arc, Rhode Island School of Design, the University of Miami, as well as Georgia Tech. At Georgia Tech, she was the first Thomas W. Ventulett III Distinguished Chair in Architectural Design. In recognition of her extraordinary contributions in academia, in 2018 Ponce de Leon received ACADIA’s distinguished teaching award, and in 2020 received the Architectural Record Women in Architecture Award for Educator/Mentor.

Ponce de Leon has a Master of Architecture in Urban Design from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard, as well as a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Miami.

Contact us at: 

Ann Arbor
2211 Medford Road
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 369-8534

29 Stanhope Street, 3rd Floor
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 426-0995

New York
416 West 13th Street, Suite 311
New York, NY 10014
(212) 691-6835

14 Nassau Street, Ste. 3
Princeton, NJ 08542
(609) 252-0340

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