noroof is a design/research collaboration of emerging designers and senior architects led by two award-winning architect-educators, Margarita McGrath and Scott Oliver.

noroof is a member of the Green Building Council, and both partners are LEED APs.


noroof has received national and international recognition for focusing its energies on the challenges of designing the super small versus the super tall.

noroof‘s first project, the slot house, won an AIA National Housing Award (2008 “a refined and rigorous little house”), AIA National Small Practice Practitioner’s Award (2008).

  • Subsequent work has received AIA New York Chapter design awards (2007, 2009), AIA Brooklyn + Queens (2016), Residential Architecture (2011), Building Brooklyn (2007, 2018), and has been featured in Dwell magazine, Wallpaper* magazine, New York Times, HGTV, and numerous design anthologies.

Each of the people and organizations below has made vital contributions to building a portfolio of award-winning work.


noroofers are curious, clear-headed, and passionate about creating thoughtful, accessible design for sustainable lives.

  • Gogo Zhu–Matthew Young–Jiacheng Xu–Emily Wetherbee–Kristin Washco–Mengru Wang—Rita Tsai–Jake Swarz—Will Scott–Samuel Schneibel–Shane Phelan–Graham Parks–Amanda Nielsen–Courtney Mack–Gina Leonard–Tyler Lafontaine–Aneela Jain–Daniel Hemmendinger–Michael Fiorelli—Cory Cwiak–Jun Cho–Chris Cheng–Zhi Tao Chen—Tobias Cassens–Bryce Beckwith–Aayush Anat–Nathan Brannon–Xinyi Wang–Thomas Michael Mattson
  • Above Construction—AD Line Millwork–Albanna Engineering–Atelier New York Architecture–C&B Consulting Engineers LLC—Celin Munoz Consulting Engineers–Chen’s New York Construction–Chuck Choi Architectural Photography–Cortland Construction—Crawford & Associates Engineering & Land Surveying, PC–D’Antonio Consulting Engineers–Design Cell–Great Will 88 Contracting–Giron Contracting–Gruzen Samton–HHF Design Consulting–Huzefa Irfani with RCCo–JAB Industries—Mile Square Construction–Morgan & Hyland–Overpass Creative–Pinball Films—Primary Form Design–Quatrefoil Inc–Richard Taylor Construction–Schematic Millworking–STRand–Paul Wood

Before founding noroof, Margarita McGrath and Scott Oliver practiced, taught, lived and traveled extensively in Asia, Europe, and across the United States.

Margarita McGrath, AIA  | LEED BD+C

  • wit–steward–craft–poet–astronaut–educator–curator–filmmaker–adventurer–explorer–plucky–conscientious–super-connector

Margarita previously worked as a designer and project architect for detail-oriented architecture practices in New Haven, Vienna, and Seoul on a range of cultural, educational and retail projects. She is currently the Chair of the Undergraduate Architecture Program and an Associate Professor at Virginia Tech.

Scott Oliver, AIA  | NCARB | LEED AP

  • designer–visualizer–mapmaker–producer–traveler–rockstar–cook–encore–prolific–skillful–ally–solid–droll–problem solver

Scott has worked in large architecture firms doing a range of projects including one of the first LEED platinum-certified high-performance building for the City of New York’s building authority, a university student center, and several regional multi-family housing developments.

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