Maya Bird-Murphy, Assoc. AIA

Scholar since
2018

Scholarship received
Jason Pettigrew Memorial ARE Scholarship

Current occupation
Founder, Chicago Mobile Makers

Education

Ball State University (B.Arch)
Boston Architectural College (M.Arch)

Hometown
Chicago, IL

“Architecture should not be a privilege and must expand to accommodate more people through teaching and community engagement.”


Maya Bird-Murphy has been a designer at several award-winning architecture firms. She earned her Master of Architecture degree from Boston Architectural College in 2017 and Bachelor of Science in Architecture in 2014 from Ball State University. Maya believes that architecture should not be a privilege and must expand to accommodate more people through teaching and community engagement. While working full time and completing her master’s, she founded Chicago Mobile Makers, a nonprofit bringing design focused skill-building workshops to underrepresented communities.