Program in Environmental Design

University of Colorado Boulder

Marianne Bellino Holbert



Marianne Bellino Holbert earned a Master of Architecture from Washington University in St. Louis, and a Bachelor of Arts in Architectural Studies and Art History from the College of the Holy Cross. She was the recipient of the prestigious Olin Fellowship, Steedman II travel fellowship, Dana scholarship and Leonard award. Through her academic endeavors, she has lived and studied in Italy, Argentina, and Kenya. Following her graduate studies Marianne moved to New York City to work for a boutique firm in Manhattan. Moving to Colorado, her design work shifted to alternative construction methods and sustainability. Her research focuses on the interconnections of architecture, urban redevelopment, Title 1 of the Housing Acts of 1949 (slum clearance & urban renewal) and their impact on the contemporary urban context, aesthetic and disposition. She has worked on a range of modernist topics, including the history of modern architecture in St. Louis and the Bauhaus.

Marianne’s passion for teaching and learning enriches her architectural practice. In 2010 she was on the team of designers with Workshop8 in Boulder for the Paisano Green Community project, the first net-zero, fossil fuel free & LEED platinum affordable housing community for seniors in El Paso, Texas. It is an exciting project, which set a new benchmark for sustainability in affordable housing.  Most recently, Marianne received grant funding for a community outreach project in partnership with the Denver Housing Authority, the University of Colorado, Designers Without Boundaries and Workshop8. The outreach project called “Experiencing the Three Legged Stool: Social, Economic and Environmental Education Through the Mariposa Redevelopment” seeks to enrich student understanding of the interrelationships present in sustainability and for them to experience the social, environmental and economic aspects of construction, operation and habitation in the built environment.


  • M.Arch, Washington University in St. Louis, Honors
  • B.A., Double Major in Architectural Studies and Art History, College of the Holy Cross, Summa Cum Laude, Valedictorian

Research Interests

  • Architecture
  • Environmental design
  • Urbanism
  • Modern architecture
  • Affordable housing
  • Net-zero construction
  • Sustainability
  •   Freehand sketching and drawing
  • Community engagement
  • Participatory design

 Courses Taught

  • ENVD 4764 - Modes of Seeing: Skill Development for Freehand Sketching and Drawing, Seminar
  • ENVD 4364 - History of Modern Architecture, Seminar
  • ENVD 4314 - Architectural Theory, Seminar
  • ENVD 4300 - Advanced Architecture, Net–Zero Design, Studio
  • ENVD 4300 - Advanced Architecture, Integrated Systems and Structures, Studio
  • ENVD 3100 - Architecture Design, Studio
  • ENVD 2130 - Landscape Design, Studio
  • ENVD 1102 - Design and Communication 2, Studio
  • ENVD 1052 - Design and Communication 1, Studio
  • ENVD1004 - Introduction to Environmental Design, Studio