As an emerging practice, UX leverages strategic partnerships with larger firms in order to adapt and maximize our team’s value to a diverse client list which has included Biogen, Grubhub, Beam Therapeutics, Massachusetts Medical Society, the City of Boston, the City of Malden, and Breakthrough Properties. We have cultivated the trust of these organizations and our partners and work hard to maintain it by delivering consistent, creative design solutions on time and on budget.
Founded by Susi Sanchez in 2019, the user experience is the firm’s namesake and core value. Our design approach is not grounded in the personal expression of the designers, but rather in the contribution the design makes to the well-being and whole experience of everyone who inhabits and uses the space. Throughout the design process, we ask ourselves: How does this space feel? Did we make it better?
We are a certified M/ WBE business, and we welcome the opportunity to bring our perspective to the design industry. M/WBE certification has allowed us to not only grow our practice but has provided our firm access to mentorship from our more established partners. We hope to continue to develop these important partnerships and make meaningful contributions to the built environment.
Susi Sanchez founded UX after 20 years of award-winning residential, institutional, and commercial work at the practices of EMBT in Barcelona, Steven Holl Architects in New York, and most recently Charles Rose Architects in Somerville. Originally from El Paso, Texas, Susi graduated from the Harvard Graduate School of Design where she researched migrant labor centers and the effects of borderland urban planning on laborers' plight for legitimacy in the United States. Now leading UX, a woman- and minority-owned business, Susi brings her established process of research, client engagement, and meaningful design to every project.
Margaux Van Houtte is an architect and educator. Her teaching explores foundational concepts of architecture in visual literacy, as well as concepts of production, process, and self-perception. In her work as an architect, Margaux is interested in understanding architecture as a means of creating spaces that delight the senses, engage the soul and memory, and actively involve and empower the user in their environment. In addition, her expertise in art and graphics have proven critical to transforming UX’s clients’ stories and vision into executable, stunning art and design work.
Mary Park joined UX in 2021. After earning her design degree in Seoul, Korea, Mary earned a Master of Architecture from the Rhode School of Design, where she focused on Interior Architecture and Adaptive Reuse. Since joining UX last year, she has been a critical team member for the Biogen Campus Master Plan and Harvard Enterprise Research Campus.