Past Exhibition

Mobile Makers Chicago: Shape Makers

June 11, 2021 - March 5, 2022
Two people sit on a curved, red bench.


In this time of tentative gatherings, Maya Bird-Murphy and Stephen Cortez, of Mobile Makers Chicago, have designed configurable furniture for The Arts Club of Chicago garden. Employing modular, geometric forms in bright color, they transform the tranquil setting into a playful, interactive space. Each practical, moveable shape is designed to be used independently or in combination with others to make individual seating, play-form, or bench. Throughout the coming months, the Arts Club will host outdoor sound and performance, as well as open hours for meditation or social gathering.


Schedules will be posted on-line and via social media.




Maya Bird-Murphy is an architectural designer, educator, and maker from Oak Park, Illinois. She is also the founder and Executive Director of Mobile Makers Chicago, an award-winning nonprofit organization bringing design-focused skill-building workshops to underrepresented communities. Maya believes that architecture should not be a privilege and must expand to accommodate more people through teaching and community engagement. She loves Chicago and hopes to make her mark by making it a more equitable place to live.



Stephen Cortez is a recent graduate of the Architecture and Urban Planning program at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He’s a Program Facilitator at Mobile Makers Chicago where he leads youth design-thinking and problem-solving workshops. Stephen has an interest in researching critical practice and enjoys exploring the City of Chicago.





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