Louise Mackie was trained as an architect in the UK. She now works for Gyroscope Inc. in Oakland designing exhibits, installations and master plans for Children's museums, science museums, and libraries across the US. She also works on her own private commissions for residential extensions and art installations, including a cabin in Noe Valley and a large scale concrete sundial in Nevada. She is very enthusiastic about architecture and thinks architectural education can be wonderfully imaginative and exciting. She loves creatively communicating design principles and challenges with children, and seeing what they come up with.
Educated with an MA from Edinburgh University and a MArch from the Bartlett school of Architecture, University College London, she believes that history of architecture and principles of sustainability are crucial in understanding the built environment. She has varied experience working with both corporate architects in London on commercial towers and small residential projects, educational museum design, as well as creating sculptures and large-scale temporary installations and exhibitions. She is a founding member of the design cooperative, Warmbaby.
Continuing to educate and be educated is very important to Louise. She has juried at UCL, Westminster University and Bournemouth University. For two years running she has visited Romania as part of a clown troupe bringing some light relief in the form of performance, music and arts projects to the most deprived areas in the country. She also worked in Santa Marta, Colombia running Art and English classes with young children. Last summer she ran a kid-oriented family day in her 2000 sqft installation in Benicia, CA based on historic maps of the area. At her last LEAP residency the children took on the roles of a Medieval village, and built their own cardboard walled medieval castle town.