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Maura has extensive experience working on large scale public projects, managing and navigating multi-headed stakeholder groups and complex public processes.  With a background in printmaking and sculpture, Maura balances a rigorous approach to project management and design quality with a conceptual sensibility rooted in process.  

Maura moved home to Minneapolis after eight years in New York City working as an associate for James Corner Field Operations and as Landscape Discipline Leader for Snøhetta. Upon her return to the Twin Cities, she established the Minneapolis office for Tom Leader Studio and managed the RiverFirst Priority Projects.  Her professional experience is focused on cultural, institutional, and complex public realm projects, including the High Line Section 1, Shelby Farms Park Masterplan and Times Square Reconstruction.  Many of these projects have received national awards for design excellence, preservation, and innovation.  Maura holds a BFA in sculpture and printmaking from Cornell University and an MLA from the University of Pennsylvania, where she won the Ian McHarg Prize for Excellence. She has taught design studios at Harvard GSD, Yale School of Architecture, University of Pennsylvania School of Design and the University of Minnesota College of Design as the 2013-2014 Cleveland Fellow.