Maia Kumari Gilman, RA, LEED-AP BD+C, is an award-winning Registered Architect and Reiki Master Teacher whose work is informed by wellness strategies at every scale. Her focus on art, climate, settlement and visualization forms the backbone of her interests and experience in design. Mixed media installations, multi-dimensional modeling and virtual reality collaborations are part of her environmental design work at the United Nations and around the world. She works on short and long term architectural design projects in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania where she holds current licenses to practice architecture. She maintains a LEED-AP BD+C accreditation, is NCARB-certified, and is an APEC Architect, making her eligible for additional architectural licensure both across the US and in multiple Pacific Rim countries.
Trained in Architecture and Urban Geography at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, Maia later focused her architectural work on adaptive reuse and historic restoration projects in the New York metropolitan area. Past firm experience includes Allanbrook Benic Czajka Architects, Stephen Tilly Architect and Beyer Blinder Belle Architects. Maia maintains a private architectural practice with a focus on art installations, environmental design and virtual reality spaces. She works as a consultant to larger firms on architectural design, construction administration and building inspection; presently, she works as a Senior Architect with The Falcon Group where she is developing interior fit-out projects as well as overseeing multiple exterior renovation and building addition projects for community associations and developers.
Maia's artwork and writing are key components of her synthetic understanding of spaces, and she integrates Reiki and sound vibrations into her creative practice in a way that is unique. She is the author of eco-fiction novel The Erenwine Agenda, a love story with a focus on hydraulic fracturing, which was shortlisted in the Visionary Fiction category by the International Book Awards. Current creative works in progress include collaborating on VR projects with Canadian company Banging Rocks around meditation, climate change and art appreciation; painting architectural scrims to be shown in context of international conferences on themes of seeds, seed saving and seed banks around the world; and writing her next novel, Otter Coast, a medical marijuana mystery.