Monika is a licensed Architect in the state of Massachusetts and she serves on the Mid Cambridge Conservation District Commission. She first began her studies in Fine Arts and Architectural History while at Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts. She later attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), where she received a Master’s Degree in Architecture. She was honored for her thesis examining the potential of urban and university planning combined with historic preservation to foster an urban revival in Troy, New York. She carried these interests into her professional life, rehabilitating dilapidated houses in the historic center of Albany, New York and participating in federally-sponsored urban improvement programs in small towns in the Hudson Valley.
After moving back to the Boston area in 1985, Monika joined the architectural firm of James McNeely A.I.A., later to become McNeely & Pauli, and Beacon Hill has been her base ever since. The documents and drawings from McNeely & Pauli have been selected to be preserved and stored in the Historic New England Library and Archives.
Over the years, Monika has worked on numerous projects, both large and small, successfully taking them from the initial concept, through the design phase, approval process, and actual construction. In addition to dozens of residential projects requiring review by the Beacon Hill Architectural Commission, she designed and completed a new 40,000-square-foot facility for Suffolk University, which included an underground basketball court.
Other successful projects include the conversion and adaptive reuse of an abandoned firehouse into a community center and the complete remodeling of the Union Boat Club’s squash courts. Monika has designed a new waterfront home and family compound on the island of Nantucket and has directed the renovation and restoration of several nineteenth century historic townhouses on Louisburg Square, including the home of a past presidential candidate and his wife. Farther afield, she has provided architectural and interior design services for the ongoing renovation of a seventeenth century chateau near Toulouse, France, where she also collaborated with artist mother on decorative wall paintings. Their work has been featured in “The World of Residences, Interiors, and Gardens”, a semi-annual Polish magazine.
Monika enjoys figure skating, skiing, painting pet portraits and writing and illustrating children’s’ books. Also, her hands-on renovation of multiple nineteenth century homes in America and the chateau in France, gives her an in-depth understanding of the challenges of the craftsmanship and fine art of restoration. She enjoys personally applying faux finishes and murals.