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Mission Statement

"MRA Architecture is committed to serving our clients and community with a dedication to enhancing the quality of our urban environment. In maintaining this commitment, we strive to create new solutions to traditional problems through responsiveness, expertise, knowledge and professionalism. We provide guidance and leadership, mindful of our clients ideas, deadlines and budgets."

- Martin H. Rose, RA, AIA President


Corporate Profile

MRA Architecture is a progressive, design-oriented architectural, interiors and planning firm located in Rochester, New York. Since its inception in 1970, MRA has executed projects with construction costs totaling over $600 Million, with individual projects of up to $41 Million. We pride ourselves on our client focus and the ability to successfully coordinate a diverse number of architectural, engineering and contracting firms for each project we undertake. We are able to provide direct and immediate communication through state-of-the-art technology. With this focus and MRA's ability to respond immediately to a client's needs, we are Rochester's most talked about and reliable firm.


In order to meet the challenge of the constantly changing business environment, MRA's staff has drawn upon their experience and knowledge of the construction industry to evolve a project management process, which involves the owners, contractors, design professionals, and when it is appropriate, the various staff persons from the municipality. Control of all the building requirements and associated costs now becomes possible through the project team. All of the elements are balanced to create a finished product that will truly satisfy the requirements of the client.

Key People

Martin H. Rose, R.A., AIA - President

As president of MRA Architecture, Martin Rose has the overall responsibility of a multi-disciplined architectural firm that is known for its creative approach to architectural design, responsiveness, and direct Owner-to-Architect relationship. Mr. Rose┬╣s personal involvement with the master planning, programming, space planning and design phases of projects allows him to respond directly to the clients┬╣ needs and concerns while successfully meeting the program requirements. Mr. Rose credentials include:

  • University of Pennsylvania (Bachelor of Architecture, 1963 - studied with Louis I. Kahn)
  • NCARB Registrations in the following states: New York, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, District of Columbia, Ohio, New Jersey, Florida, Arkansas, Vermont, Massachusetts, Virginia, Illinois, New Hampshire and Michigan
  • American Institute of Architects
  • National Council of Architectural Registration Board (Certificate Holder)
  • Brighton Board of Architectural Review (former member)

David A. Waldarek, R.A., AIA - Vice President

Mr. Waldarek has been with MRA Architecture for over sixteen years as Vice President of the firm. He is also the Manager-In-Charge of Operations, project scheduling, and contract document production within the firm. He has also been responsible for budgeting, scheduling, coordination of staff members, and construction administration as well as being directly responsible for the implementation of design standards. His credentials include:

  • State University of New York at Buffalo (Bachelor of Architecture, 1976)
  • NCARB Registration in New York
  • American Institute of Architects
  • NYS Building Code Enforcement (Official Certification)
  • Eastern Paralyzed Veterans Associates (ADA)
  • Webster Preservation Survey Committee
  • ADA Facilities Compliance Workshop (Evan Terry Associates, PC)
  • Rochester Downtown Development Corp.
  • South Wedge Planning Committee

John M. Bilinski, R.A., AIA - Senior Associate

Mr. Bilinski has been with MRA for over fourteen years as a Designer and Project Manager. He has been responsible for budgeting, scheduling, coordination of staff members, and construction administration. Much of this work involves the rehabilitation/adaptive reuse of existing facilities, including building surveys for ADA compliance, ADA compatible building design, and design of alternatives for removal of accessibility barriers in existing buildings. His credentials include:

  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University (Bachelor of Architecture, 1985)
  • NCARB Registration in New York
  • American Institute of Architects
  • NYS Building Code Enforcement (Official Certification)
  • National Trust for Historic Preservation
  • ADA Compliance and Accessible Building Design (Seminar Participant)

Lauren E. Gerber, B.S. - Office Manager/Marketing Director

Ms. Gerber joined MRA in 1997 as a former Operations Manager and Marketing Director for a multi-million dollar corporation in Buffalo, New York. During her tenure with MRA, Ms. Gerber has used her experience to increase productivity through the implementation of office standards and procedures. She is also responsible for direct executive support; the coordination and implementation of Specifications and drawings for Bidding packages; the marketing direction for the company; and the adherence to contractual guidelines. Her credentials include:

  • State University of New York at Brockport (Bachelor of Sociology with a Research Specification, 1994)
  • State University of New York at Geneseo (Course Work for Business Administration, 1992)
  • State University of New York College of Technology at Alfred (Associates of Science in Human Resources, 1991)
  • Notary Public Commission - New York State (2000 - 2002)


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