Mary M. Johannesen


As a Principal of Thriven Design, Mary is a passionate practitioner and committed advocate for the design and creation of affordable multi-family residential environments which work to promote community, safety, sustainability, and dignity within their programs.

Her knowledge and guidance have helped a variety of clients throughout the country achieve successful and affordable award-winning communities and living environments that respond to the physical, emotional, and social needs of their residents.

Since joining the firm in 1994, Mary has worked tirelessly to develop and refine design philosophies and methodologies, as well as project management techniques that will ensure budget- and schedule-compliant construction. She is particularly well-versed and experienced in the development of projects that rely on funding through Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC) and other federal and state funding programs typically associated with the development of affordable housing. She is a nationally recognized expert on the planning and design of PACE and adult daycare centers, and is an accomplished speaker on the topic and the issues surrounding their successful design and implementation.