Shalini Agrawal

Agrawal is cofounder and principal of MAC Studio, a practice that engages communities through landscape architecture. MAC Studio was selected as one of the few firms to complete the San Francisco Unified School District Green Schoolyard Initiative for middle and high schools. Her expertise ranges from architecture, interior architecture, and landscape architecture to art installations.

She is a cofounder of the Chicago nonprofit Architreasures where she created programming that transforms schoolyards and community spaces through participatory design. Architreasures was recently awarded the AIA Illinois Presidents Award for "significantly advancing the principles of livable communities and promoting the understanding of the architecture profession".

Currently Agrawal is researching the application of community engagement in art and design. She recently showed her work at SomArts and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and is an invited facilitator for Harvard University’s Project Zero.

Agrawal is the Director at the Center for Art and Public Life and has been an adjunct professor in the First Year and Community Arts Programs at CCA since 2009.  

BA, Lehigh University; MArch, University of Illinois, Chicago