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Dialogue with Bird-Murphy

March 29, 2022 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

No cost
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On March 29, we will welcome Maya Bird-Murphy, founder and executive director of Chicago Mobile Makers, for a dialogue entitled, “Making Design Accessible, One Student at a Time.” The dialogue, which is part of TAAST, will take place at 5:30 p.m. in Rm. 109/McCarty Auditorium.

The presentation will suggest that for far too long, architecture has been inaccessible to most people, whether it’s architectural services, becoming an architect or experiencing architecture first-hand. Architectural designer, Maya Bird-Murphy, founded Mobile Makers to address the lack of diversity in the design fields and injustice in the built environment. She will share her journey through architecture and the creation of her nonprofit and discuss why it’s important to engage communities during the design process and have a diverse group of people at the design table.

Get to know Maya Bird-Murphy

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Maya Bird-Murphy 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 is also a faculty member at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Boston Architectural College. Maya believes that the design field must expand to include more people and perspectives through teaching and community engagement. She loves Chicago and hopes to make her mark by making it a more equitable place to live. In her free time, she can be found outside in nature with her two dogs. Maya was recently featured in Dwell Magazine and was included in the 2022 Newcity Magazine list, Design 50: The People Who Shape Chicago.

Bird-Murphy’s dialogue is free and open to the public, and visitors are asked to follow all current guidelines regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. We strongly encourage visitors and our college community to wear masks.

The health of our Volunteer family and the surrounding communities remains our top priority. Due to COVID-19, events in our college are subject to change. Please familiarize yourself with the current COVID-19 protocols on campus. For last-minute changes to this event, check this page as well as the college’s Facebook page.

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March 29, 2022
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
No cost


Art + Architecture Building Rm. 109
1715 Volunteer Blvd.
Knoxville TN, TN United States
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