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Why This Matters

For its entire existence, the design field has been predominantly white and male. According to the 2017 NCARB by the Numbers report, 85% of newly licensed architects were white, and 64% were male. Those who are currently not represented need support and guidance for a clearer path to careers in design. Expanding the variety of people entering the field will create more diverse workplaces, leading to more equitable decision making and design. American spaces must reflect America.

Our workshop at Marshall High School in East Garfield Park, Chicago

Our workshop at Marshall High School in East Garfield Park, Chicago

Our Mission


Chicago Mobile Makers creates programming that encourages Chicago youth to become advocates and change makers in their own communities through design focused skill-building workshops. Our objectives are threefold:

1. Engage and empower youth through making and skill building

2. Train and support future public interest architects, designers and makers

3. Advocate for social, economic, gender and racial diversity in the architecture and broader design fields


Our Vision

Phase I

Currently, Chicago Mobile Makers has the capabilities to host entry-level workshops within your school, classroom or work space.

Phase II

Mobility and accessibility are important to us. With your support we will be able to provide workshops of all skill levels with a mobile makerspace.

Phase III

We hope to someday have a permanent “hub” for all our making needs.


Who We Are

The Board of Directors is a collection of designers, makers, educators and doers passionate about making change in Chicago.


Maya Bird-Murphy

Founder and President, architectural designer, educator


Cassandra Yarnall

Chicago Public Schools teacher, poet, maker


Camille Applewhite

Landscape architectural designer, co-lead of Blackspace Chicago


Joseph Altshuler

Architectural designer, architecture professor, storyteller


Aliza Feder

Writer, artistic director, educator


Daniel Vega

Architectural designer, plant enthusiast, educator


Taylor Holloway

Architectural designer, social impact researcher, educator


Danielle Spence

User-centered designer, researcher, prototyper