About the Founder of Chicago Mobile Makers

Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody
— Jane Jacobs
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Maya Bird-Murphy, Associate AIA, LEED Green Associate, SEED is the Founder and President of Chicago Mobile Makers. She has been a designer at several award-winning architecture firms in Chicago. Maya holds a Master of Architecture from Boston Architectural College and a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Ball State University.

Maya’s interest in design education began as a volunteer at the American Institute of Architects Chicago: Architects in Schools, a during-school workshop series that exposes Chicago Public School 8th graders to architecture. Since then, she has been invited to sit on juries and panels for teen programs at the Chicago Architecture Foundation, has spoken at national conferences about her work, and has conducted workshops that have engaged more than 100 Chicago youth.

Maya believes that architecture should not be a privilege and that it must expand to accommodate more people through teaching and community engagement. Chicago Mobile Makers is the product of her architectural thesis research and design.

At Chicago Mobile Makers, Maya is surrounded by talented designers and educators making an impact. Meet the Board of Directors here.

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