It is easy to connect the dots at this point. Growing up (in the Soviet Union), no one showed interest in my potential. Thankfully, immigrating to the US at an opportune age of sixteen allowed me to unearth it myself. Upon receiving a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles (1985) and a Master of Science degree in Architecture and Urban Design from Columbia University in New York City (1987), I set out to design a life where nurturing creativity — my own and others’ — was the main focus.
While pregnant, I reinvented a traditional nursery, which gave birth to an architectural practice concentrating on kids. In an effort to be a better parent, I started Children’s Architecture Workshop, which subsequently served hundreds. As my two daughters turned teenagers, I became a creativity coach, which resulted in joining the faculty of Art Center College of Design. Building a house for our family meant prototyping a transformational hub, which led to its selection as one of the “100 best in the world” by an international architectural publisher.
Having been able to experience the thrill, the satisfaction of forging my own way, I strongly believe in encouraging self-reliance and self-expression in others. As a mother, I strive to acknowledge. As an educator, I gently challenge. And, as architect on demand, I offer advice without strings.
Winner of Product Design competitions; 1997, 2003, 2010.
Winner of Best Toy of the Year Award; Easel Art + Cart; 2003.
Winner of Good Design Award; A-Desk; 2009.
I would like to thank you again because I don’t think I can say thank you enough times to you. You truly were such an influential woman in my life and I’m just so grateful that I was given the chance to study under you.”Miranda Hirujo