Maya Bird-Murphy

Founder & Executive Director at Chicago Mobile Makers

Maya Bird-Murphy is an architectural designer in Chicago, Illinois and is the founder and Executive Director of Chicago Mobile Makers, an award-winning nonprofit organization bringing design-focused skill-building workshops to underrepresented communities. She believes that architecture should not be a privilege and must expand to accommodate more people through teaching and community engagement. In 2017, Maya incorporated Chicago Mobile Makers to address lack of diversity in the architecture and design fields, and to create opportunities for children of all backgrounds to experience accessible design education. At Chicago Mobile Makers, Maya creates programming that encourages Chicago youth to become advocates and change-makers in their own communities through affordable skill-building workshops. Maya is a recipient of the 2018 Jason Pettigrew Memorial ARE Scholarship and a Design+Diversity Fellow.

Follow Maya Bird-Murphy

All Sessions by Maya Bird-Murphy

August 3, 2019

Making Design Education Accessible, One Kid at a Time
Main Stage

According to the 2017 NCARB by the Numbers report, 85% of newly licensed architects were white, and 64% were male. The education requirements and expensive exam process create barriers that many cannot cross. Those who are currently not represented need support and guidance for a clearer path to careers in design. Chicago Mobile Makers, a nonprofit organization in Chicago is addressing the city's design diversity issues by providing affordable design thinking and problem-solving workshops for youth all over Chicago.