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Mary Gilmore

Architect in New Orleans United States

Mary is an architect who specializes in socially responsible, design-driven, sustainable projects. She has worked with architecture and design firms throughout the country, and has also worked independently on international design projects in India and Mali, West Africa, focusing on community participation in design. Mary is currently an architect in New Orleans, a member of the AIA New Orleans executive board, a mentor in the NOMA Project Pipeline program, co-founder of SOJO Studio, a former Peace Corps Volunteer, a self-published blogger, home renovator, and general life enthusiast.

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Community Participation and Architecture

@ VOL 17 ON MAY 13, 2015

"We wanted every design decision that we made to be affordable, made locally, and something that could teach a skill."

In Community Participation and Architecture, from PechaKucha Night New OrleansVol. 17, architect Mary Gilmore, shares her master’s thesis on Community Participation and Architecture. Her belief is that if people participated in the design and construction of a building, not only will they become stake holders in the process, but also learn something.  To put her thesis into practice, Mary moved to India and then later to Mali, West Africa with the Peace Corps.  Now as a practicing architect here in the states, she is has rediscovered the notion of community participation and architecture.

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Monday, October 19th, 2015. 

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New Orleans @ The Courtyard Brewery
May 13, 2015