Margaret (Margie) Axtell

As a young child, Margie Axtell began taking art classes at a school not unlike Maryland Hall. This interest led to a study of environmental design and architecture; to teaching art and architecture to students from Head Start to graduate school; to a firm belief in the importance of the arts within an integrated curriculum and as a catalyst for community development; and to decades of full-time architecture practice and consulting. 

She is an emeritus member of the American Institute of Architects, member of the Washington DC Chapter of the AIA and the Director’s Circle of the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, past member of several nonprofit boards and participant in a variety of community organizations.

Axtell holds a BS from Cornell University, an MAT in Fine Arts from Harvard University and an architectural degree from the University of Maryland. She continued art studies in printmaking through course work at the Corcoran School of Art showing her work through juried shows. Her architectural work received an AIA/Washingtonian Award and has appeared in a variety of publications. She resides in Severna Park with her husband, Russell Stevenson, Jr.