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.
Chicago Mobile Makers strives to create 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
Currently, Chicago Mobile Makers has the capabilities to host entry-level workshops within your school, classroom or work space.
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.
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.
Founder and President, architectural designer, educator
Chicago Public Schools teacher, poet, maker
Landscape architectural designer, co-lead of Blackspace Chicago
Architectural designer, architecture professor, storyteller
Writer, artistic director, educator
Architectural designer, plant enthusiast, educator
Architectural designer, social impact researcher, educator
User-centered designer, researcher, prototyper