Mara is all about the human experience. Her design work evokes emotion and is based in an empathetic approach, recognizing the accessibility needs and life experiences of the people who will inhabit the spaces she creates. Her work with exhibit design opportunities, including content generation in collaboration with clients, is meaningful and memorable in equal measure. She pioneered a new approach to artist coordination at NBBJ, researching and presenting artist options suited for each project and maintaining a consistent narrative across all artworks.
As leader of the One Innovation program for the EGD team at NBBJ, Mara works with designers to define one new sustainable innovation for each project, shifting our practice toward a greener future one small step at a time. She has had the pleasure to work with with innovative and influential clients such as Amazon, Google, Loma Linda University Health, Kaiser Permanente, and Lumen Field (Scarves Up, Seattle!), alongside volunteer work with FareStart, Hugo House, and Refugee Artisan Initiative.
Branded Environments, Exhibition, Placemaking, Public Installation, Wayfinding
Brand, Equitable Design, Sustainability
Corporate, Education, Healthcare, Urban + Civic, Workplace