Maia Kumari Gilman, AIA, 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 design, written communication and public speaking experience form a strong backbone of her interpersonal approach to project management. Maia teaches adults, teens and children about architecture and place-making, and develops curricula for architectural education.
Trained in Architecture and Urban Geography at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, Maia later led adaptive reuse and historic restoration projects in the New York metropolitan area for Allanbrook Benic Czajka Architects, Stephen Tilly Architect and Beyer Blinder Belle Architects. 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.
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 an emphasis on hydraulic fracturing, which was shortlisted in the Visionary Fiction category by the International Book Awards. She is writing her next novel, Otter Coast, a medical marijuana mystery. Mixed media installations, multi-dimensional modeling and virtual reality collaborations are part of Maia's environmental design work at the United Nations and around the world; current creative works in progress include collaborating on VR projects with Canadian company Banging Rocks around art exhibition, biomechanics, climate change and meditation.
Maia maintains a private architectural practice with a focus on art installations, environmental design and virtual reality spaces. She works with larger engineering firms on architectural design, construction administration and building inspection for adaptive reuse, building envelope, interior fit-out and new construction projects.