Maya bw


Maya Ward-Karet is a LEED Green Associate and licensed architect with a strong background in sustainable design.  She also has extensive experience working overseas doing alternative energy community development, urban planning and architecture.  Maya received her Masters of Architecture from Taliesin, the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture, and her B.A. in Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania.

After completing her graduate studies, Maya worked as a consultant for urbam, the Center for Urban and Environmental Studies at EAFIT University in Medellin, Colombia researching the pressing issue of landslides in precarious settlements, and participating in the design, development and publication of Re Habitar La Ladera (Shifting Ground): Operaciones en Areas de riesgo y asentamiento precario en Medellin (Precarious Settlements and Geological Hazard in Medellin). This investigative report was a collaborative project between urbam EAFIT and the Harvard Graduate School of Design for the planning department of the Aburra Valley, where Medellin is situated.  The findings helped to focus attention on areas of need within the region and are currently being incorporated into the 30 and 50 year plans for the municipality.

In addition to her knowledge of design and international development, Maya also believes strongly in hands-on experience. During her graduate studies she designed and constructed Helixa, an earthbag dwelling at Taliesin West, Scottsdale, Arizona (2010), and a whole tree garage in Unity, Maine (2009).  When she returned to the United States after 9 months in Colombia, she participated in the construction of the first commercial Super Adobe structure in the nation, and was an intern at Bonita Domes, a private earthbag home constructed just outside of Joshua Tree National Park.  Here in Colorado she has lent her construction skills to the building of a meditation space in Boulder and the Regenerative Home project in La Garita.  Recently, she has embarked on the design, development and construction of her own home on an idyllic property in mountains surrounding Boulder, CO.

In addition to her architectural endeavors, Maya owns her own small business, MWK Designs, where she specializes in laser cut crafts made from reclaimed and waste materials in addition to doing custom design and fabrication work for clients.  Her favorite things to create are lighting fixtures, but she enjoys all sorts of design and fabrication, from jewelry to architectural models.  Her digital and physical models have been exhibited by Cooper Hewitt Design Museum, Guggenheim Museum NYC, and Price Tower Arts Center.

When not working on buildings or pursuing creative outlets, you can find Maya scaling the walls of Boulder Canyon or exploring the many beautiful landscapes that our world has to offer.