Marilia joined the firm Kieran Timberlake in Philadelphia following her graduation from Penn State in 2002, and is now a principal at the firm. In those 15+ years, she has worked on award-winning projects and is currently overseeing several projects that transform a portion of the Washington University campus in St. Louis, Missouri. Marilia has taught architecture at Philadelphia University and participates in lectures and juries at the University of Pennsylvania and Penn State. She is currently serving as president of the Architecture Alumni Group at Penn State. Marilia and her husband Jason Cole (2001 Bachelor of Architecture, Penn State) live in Philadelphia and they are members of the Penn State Alumni Association.