Principal, SOSHL Studio
An architect by training, Marika Shioiri-Clark is the principal of SOSHL Studio, a firm dedicated to creating social impact through design. Marika cut her teeth as a co-founder of MASS Design Group while a student at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, playing a central role in the design of the acclaimed Butaro Hospital in rural Rwanda. Trained as an architect, Marika has since become a leading ambassador and practitioner of human-centered design. In 2011, she was a global fellow at design nonprofit IDEO.org, working on projects in the education, health, and sanitation sectors in the United States and Ghana. Marika has also worked extensively with the Nike Foundation to rethink safe spaces for adolescent girls in Nigeria and Ethiopia, as well as on design projects throughout the global south. Currently, Marika is working with the International Rescue Committee to design and pilot an early childhood development program for refugees in the Syrian response region. Closer to home, Marika is deeply involved with neighborhood development and creative placemaking in the Hingetown neighborhood of Cleveland, Ohio, where she lives in an old firehouse that still has three poles.