Chicago Mobile Makers

Architectural Designer + Educator + Maker


SESSION: Friday, October 22, 10:00-11:00am, In-Person

Making Design Accessible, One Student at a Time

Join architect and changemaker Maya Bird-Murphy as she discusses her journey through the field of architecture and explores the lack of racial diversity and equity that inevitably led to the creation of Chicago Mobile Makers. Learn how to lean into change, offer hope and dream up new solutions that will inspire future generations.



Maya Bird-Murphy believes that architecture and design should not be a privilege but a right extended to all. While working full-time and completing her Master’s degree, Maya forged her own unique path in the field of architecture and founded Chicago Mobile Makers. This award-winning non-profit organization offers design-thinking workshops to underrepresented communities in Chicago. 


Chicago Mobile Makers is leading the social architecture movement and dismantling the deep structural issues found within the built environment that promote segregation and inequality. The organization teaches social justice within architectural education and empowers Chicago youth to become advocates and changemakers in their communities.


Maya is the recipient of the AIA Illinois 2020 Alan Madison Award and was recently featured in Dwell Magazine.

Currently inspired by: Spring! The return of warm weather feels life-changing. Seeing the plants change from their winter to spring states is amazing.


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