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Community Highlights: Meet Maryana Grinshpun of Mammoth Projects

Today we’d like to introduce you to Maryana Grinshpun.

Hi Maryana, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
I started my business — Mammoth Projects — architectural and interior design company — in 2013.

Prior to striking out on my own, I worked in boutique architectural and interior design studios here in NYC. I’ve worked on everything from the Hudson Yards Development, Saks Fifth Avenue Stores, Harvey Nichols Restaurants in Dubai as well as more speculative and theoretical work for The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA, NYC), The Africa Center (NYC), The New Museum (NY), and the Whitney Museum for American Art (NYC).

I have a Master in Architecture from the City University of New York and a B.A. in Economics and English. And have also studied at the Parsons School of Design and The University of Copenhagen.

I have a love for teaching and have lectured at The New York School for Interior Design and have been a guest critic at the Spitzer School of Architecture at CUNY, College of Architecture and Design-NJIT and the Pratt School of Architecture. Prior to starting my practice, I worked with WXY Architecture and Urban Design Studio, System Architects, G-Tects, New York Interior Designer: Design Bureaux, famed retail designers Jansen Scuro and notable hospitality designer Adam Tihany.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Building a business is never smooth. You wear many hats: design, finance, pr, managing and dealing with clients. The biggest obstacle every day is doing them all at once. As others have said, and I can attest to, learning to delegate has its own learning curve and crucial in building a successful company.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know?
Mammoth Projects is a full-service, modern design company. We’re a Brooklyn-based design studio with a focus on residential and commercial interior design and renovation projects.

Our design studio combines architecture and interior design and results in deep understanding of how to create quality spaces from every perspective. This combination is beneficial to clients, allowing her to seamlessly administer the technicalities of a project while delivering a cohesive and holistic design.

We love surprises, fun facts and unexpected stories. Is there something you can share that might surprise us?
I have a degree in Economics.

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