Maia Small is partner emeritus at Thurlow Small, Inc. where she ran the Rhode Island office of Thurlow Small Architecture for 10 years. She currently works for the City of San Francisco Planning Department as an architect and urban designer. She additionally consults in support of TS Director, Andrew Thurlow.

Prior to her private practice, she was the lead designer at Bernard Tschumi Architects on the invited firm’s finalist entry in the international Parc Downsview Park Competition in Toronto. The $145 M park project involved conversion of a military base into a premier cultural and open space destination as Canada’s first national park. In the office of Mark Cavagnero Associates in San Francisco, she worked on the $40 M renovation and addition to the Legion of Honor Museum, the Master Plan for the De Young Museum, and the $27 M renovation and extension of the Rafael Film Center in San Rafael CA.



Columbia University, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation
Master of Architecture, 1999
American Institute of Architects Henry J. Adams Medal
William H. Kinne Fellowship Award
SOM Traveling Fellowship, Columbia University Nominee
Fred L. Liebmann Award, New York Society of Architects

University of California, Berkeley, College of Environmental Design
Bachelor of Arts in Architecture with Highest Honors, 1994
Professional Promise Award

Registered Architect Rhode Island, 2006 – present
Registered Architect Massachusetts, 2010 – 2014
Registered Architect Tennessee 2006
National Council of Architectural Registration Boards Certification, 2006 – present

Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation, Advisory Council, New York, 2012 – present
Architecture for Humanity, RI Chapter (currently in formation), Board member, 2012 – present
American Institute of Architects, RI Chapter Executive Committee member 2010 – 2011
Pawtucket Foundation, Board member 2010 – present
Pawtucket Citizens Development Corporation, Board member 2006 – present
City of Pawtucket Riverfront Commission, Interim Chair 2012, Member 2006 – 2011

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Adjunct Faculty, 2010
Rhode Island School of Design, Adjunct Faculty, 2006 – 2009
Harvard University, Adjunct Faculty, 2005
University of Tennessee, Adjunct Faculty, 2001 – 2002, Assistant Professor, 2003 – 2004
Columbia University, Associate I, 1999


Bernard Tschumi Architects, New York  2000 – 2001

Handel Architecture, New York  1998

Mark Cavagerno Associates, San Francisco  1994 – 1996

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