Maya Bird-Murphy

Maya Bird-Murphy

Chicago, IL, US

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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.



Chicago Mobile Makers, Chicago, IL, US, Founder and President

Chicago Mobile Makers is a nonprofit organization in Chicago, Illinois that offers free and low-cost workshops encompassing design, architecture, digital fabrication, basic construction and community place-making.

Sep 2017 - current

Valerio Dewalt Train Associates, Chicago, IL, US, Marketing Coordinator

Sep 2016 - current

Landon Bone Baker Architects, Chicago, IL, US, Architectural Designer

Jan 2014 - Aug 2016

Wheeler Kearns Architects, Chicago, IL, US, Studio Director

Jun 2014 - Aug 2014

Kil Architecture & Planning, South Bend, IN, US, Intern

Jun 2013 - Aug 2013


Boston Architectural College (BAC), Boston, MA, US, MArch, Architecture

Distance Program

Dec 2015 - Dec 2017

Ball State University, Muncie, IN, US, Bachelors, Architecture

Graduated early in 3.5 years

Aug 2011 - Dec 2014


Fast Company 2018 World Changing Ideas Finalist, Award

World Changing Ideas, now in its second year, celebrates businesses, policies, and nonprofits that are poised to help shift society to a more sustainable and more equitable future.

Each category was judged by a jury of prominent social entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, thinkers, and designers, plus a Fast Company editor.

The winners were picked from a list of 240 finalists, which were chosen from a pool of nearly 1,400 total entries. All the entries deeply impressed us with their creativity, boldness, and potential for real impact–especially poignant in a year where any progress has seemed, at times, impossible.


AIGA Design+Diversity Conference National Fellow, Nomination

The Design + Diversity Conference’s National Fellowship Program identifies emerging underrepresented designers from across the country who are passionate about making positive change within their communities, as well as the creative industry. Through this fellowship, our goal is to address the high cost of entry into design by providing the essential tools and mentorship needed to jumpstart their careers.


Jason Pettigrew Memorial ARE Scholarship Recipient, Scholarship

The Jason Pettigrew Memorial ARE Scholarship recognizes the significant contributions of emerging professionals at early stages in their careers and helps defray the costs associated with the Architect Registration Examination (ARE). Developed by the AIA National Associates Committee, the scholarship honors the memory of late friend and colleague, Jason Pettigrew. Scholarship recipients receive funds to cover the cost of the ARE and study materials.


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