Marissa Fuher

Marissa Fuher, Owner & Architectural DesignerBright Black Design is a full service architectural design firm.   Marissa Fuher enjoys all aspects of design including furniture and interior design, logo creation, and personalized contemporary artwork.

Marissa Fuher, the owner of Bright Black Design graduated from Montana State University with a Master of Architecture and a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Design. She received numerous honors and awards from MSU School of Architecture, most distinctly the AIA Montana Scholarship, Crossman-Whitney-Griffin Scholarship, and graduating with highest honors. Marissa placed second in an international student design competition The Leading Edge, and is published in AT HOME Magazine. Marissa was a member of Tau Sigma Delta Architectural Honors Society, a member of American Institute of Architecture Students, and a mentor for a first year architecture student.

For three years Marissa worked with Jeff Nagel at Nagel Sport doing fitness centers across the country and Richard Shanahan Architects, Inc. designing the Bank of Bozeman, multiple high-end residences, and the Main Hall at Western. She has assisted Craig Bergstedt with FORMation Architects on the construction of a high-end residential home and Randy Visser with Visser Architects, LLC on various projects. Currently, Marissa does consulting work for SGPA Architecture & Planning out of San Francisco and San Diego, California. Project types include mixed-use retail, commercial, and planning. At the moment, Bright Black Design is working on a frozen yogurt shop in Bozeman, Montana located near MSU. Although never constructed, Bright Black also did the architecture for an indoor skatepark, coffee establishment, and teenage safe haven to be in Bozeman, Montana.

Marissa has a passion for design and understanding environmental psychology. People naturally seek places where they feel competent, confident, where they will feel comfort or enjoyment. Research suggests that people have preference for coherence (a sense that things in an environment connect together) and legibility (that people can feel they may explore an environment without being lost). Thus the creation and preservation of a preferred environment is believed to increase the sense of well-being and behavioral effectiveness in people. Bright Black’s philosophy is to listen to your ideas and help you create a space that excites you.

Marissa is involved in a number of charitable organizations, including Intermountain Therapy Animals. She volunteers with her therapy dog Lucy at Bozeman Deaconess Hospital, visiting with dialysis and cancer patients. The therapy team also volunteers at charitable events including the Special Olympics, Eagle Mount’s Camp Braveheart, and Heart of the Valley’s Woofstock and Howlin’ at the Moon fundraisers. Currently, Marissa is a volunteer with the Eagle Mount alpine skiing program, serves as a Big Sister for Gallatin Valley’s Big Brothers Big Sisters, and is an active volunteer at Heart of the Valley Animal Shelter. Marissa mentored a third grader at Monforton Elementry School and volunteers for at multiple wine tasting fundraisers throughout the Gallatin Valley including Museum of the Rockies Wine Classic, Belgrade Library’s Wine Fest, among others.

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