A native New Yorker, Marino first studied painting and sculpture before graduating from Cornell University’s College of Architecture, Art, and Planning with a degree in architecture. Marino began his career at Skidmore Owings & Merrill, George Nelson, and I.M. Pei/Cossutta & Ponte. He started his own practice in 1978 and today produces a wide range of work from civic and cultural buildings, private residential, high end retail and commercial buildings, furniture design, product design and his sculptural bronze box artworks.
Marino provides overall vision and project leadership to the firm. Widely credited with redefining modern luxury through equal emphasis on architecture and interior design, Marino is known for maintaining a constant dialogue between the two disciplines and for his emphasis on materiality, texture, scale, and light. He is recognized for his designs for many of the most iconic names in the worlds of fashion and art including: Fendi, Armani, Warhol, Valentino, Bulgari, Hublot, Guerlain, Graff Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Dior, Donna Karan, Ermenegildo Zegna and Barneys New York.
Major and upcoming projects include The Getty (condominium with an art gallery and art foundation) in New York, the Chanel Ginza Tower and Chanel Namiki building in Tokyo and Chanel flagships on 57th Street in NYC, rue Cambon in Paris; Hublot in NYC, Louis Vuitton flagships in L.A., Shanghai and London , ‘Boontheshop’ in Seoul, 170 East End Avenue condominium building in NYC, the Armani building in NYC, and Barneys flagships in L.A. and NYC, an Ermenegildo Zegna flagship on 57th Street in NYC, the conversion of Paris’ historic La Samaritaine into the Cheval Blanc hotel, and numerous private residences around the world including London, Paris, Monaco, St. Tropez, Mustique, Cap Ferrat, Gstaad, Southampton (NY), Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Miami, Turks & Caicos, Sao Paolo, and Faqra (Lebanon).
Marino was named a Fellow by the American Institute of Architects in 2006 and has received more than 20 awards from the American Institute of Architects throughout his career. He has also received a wide range of awards recognizing his contributions to architecture, fashion, art and design, including:
2011 – MIPIM/Architectural Review: ‘Future Project’ commendation, in recognition of a design for a mixed-use development in Beirut, Lebanon
2007 – MIPIM: ‘Overall Winner’ award and MIPIM ‘Tall Buildings’ award for a residential tower design in New York
2006 – International Association of Lighting Designers: Special Citation for Chanel Tower, Tokyo
2006 – Illuminating Engineering Society – New York Section: Lumen Professional Achievement Award, for Chanel Tower, Tokyo
1997 – Fashion Group International’s Master of Design award