Partner in Charge
As Principal-in-Charge, Marcus brings over 40 years of design experience and client dedication to the practice. Born in New York, Marcus grew up in a number of different cities, including Washington D.C., Stockholm, Paris and Moscow. In high school, he learned basic wood framing while working construction alongside a U.S. Navy crew in Leningrad.
Marcus got his formal start in architecture as a model maker for S.I.T.E. while studying sculpture at Cooper Union. After moving to Massachusetts, he worked for a number of Boston’s most prestigious firms and was a founding member of Elkus Manfredi Architects. In 1996, having won a competitive commission to design a shingle-style home on Nantucket, Marcus and his wife Judy formally established Marcus Gleysteen Architects (originally known as Gleysteen Design).
Marcus’s work expresses his dedication to timeless design principles. He believes that spaces should be both comforting and familiar while reflecting modern ways of living. His many travels and artistic training have embedded a strong sense of purpose, craft and beauty in every project he works on.
Marcus is a licensed architect in Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New York and Vermont. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Cooper Union and a Master of Architecture from Columbia University.