Driven by a deep interest in creating more sustainable communities through improved mobility, Merlin Maley has dedicated more than a decade of his career to the transportation and public sector industry. Through his transit systems work, Merlin is helping to create 21st century cities and communities while decreasing the dependence on single-occupancy vehicles for mobility.
As RNL’s Western Region Transit Director, Merlin focuses on transportation and municipal/utilities maintenance and operations facilities, multi-modal stations, and facility master plans. His design process looks at life cycle costs and blends functionality, safety, sustainability, and budget to reduce annual operational costs, and improve culture and morale for RNL’s municipalities/utilities clients.
Over the course of his 19-year career, Merlin has developed expertise in architecture, landscape design and green construction, serving as a project coordinator, architect, project manager, principal, designer on projects around the country. He has also established himself as a thought leader and sustainability champion. His portfolio includes the LEED Platinum Emil ‘Lucky’ Reznik Administration Maintenance and Operations Facility in South Bend, Ind., as well as the Utah Transit Authority Depot District Service Center. In 2015, he was recognized as one of Mass Transit Magazine’s “40 Under 40”.
Merlin began his career with Colorado sustainable homebuilding pioneer McStain Neighborhoods where he developed his skills as a designer before pursuing architecture. He joined RNL in 2005 and took over leadership of the Western Region Transit practice a decade later. In 2013, he was selected as one of 25 individuals to participate in Leadership APTA – an intensive year-long program aimed at building the next generation of transit leaders nationally. Additionally, his projects have garnered a number of design awards from the American Institute of Architects and other professional associations within the AEC industry. Merlin is active in the American Association of Public Transportation (APTA), the Southwest Transit Association (SWTA), and the Colorado Association of Transit Agencies (CASTA).
Outside the office, Merlin enjoys travelling, and exploring new landscapes and communities around the world. One of his favorite adventures was studying abroad in Prague. Merlin is also a successful entrepreneur (check out his CAUTION! Hot Sauce!)