Elizabeth MacWillie joins bcWORKSHOP this summer as the first Fellow that is part of a new partnership between bcWORKSHOP and the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Elizabeth is one of 11 Fellows in the Harvard Community Service Fellowship Program, serving in locations across the United States.
Elizabeth MacWillie is a designer completing concurrent degrees - Master of Design Studies with a concentration in Art and the Public Domain, and Master of Architecture in Urban Design - at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Elizabeth’s individual research investigates the relationships between city design, development and cultural production. In practice, Elizabeth's focus on the intersection of art and urban design is manifest in her ongoing work with Chicago based artist and urban planner Theaster Gates and his non-profit organization Rebuild Foundation, as well as recent work with the Newark Department of Urban Design. Additionally, Elizabeth co-organizes the collaborative ICE-POPS, an on-and-offline research initiative on Privately Owned Public Space which was recently included in the US Pavilion’s exhibit “Spontaneous Interventions” at The 13th Venice Architecture Biennale. Before coming to the GSD, Elizabeth held professional positions in architecture and urban design at Over, Under in Boston and was an Associate at Scalar Architecture in New York.