What is Earthbound Architecture?

Earthbound Architecture is a full service architectural design firm founded in 2018 to pursue the design and development of thoughtful spaces that are in keeping with their surroundings.

Earthbound Architecture focuses on designs that are integral to their environment while utilizing sustainable design principals and practices to create unique, long lasting and enjoyable buildings.

Earthbound Architecture believes that the physical environments one spends their time in can dramatically affect a person’s life, well being and outlook.  We are here to help you shape your environment to match your desired lifestyle.

Who is Earthbound Architecture?

Earthbound Architecture was founded by licensed architect, principal and owner, Maya Ward-Karet (LEED Green Associate).  Maya has a diverse background in architecture, construction, design and innovation.  She has worked in the field of architecture since 2006 in firms ranging from four employees to 900.  Most recently Maya was a Senior Associate at Pel-Ona Architects and Urbanists in Boulder, Colorado where she worked on both small scale residential projects and large urban planning projects with hundreds of residential, mixed use and commercial units.  In addition to her paid positions, Maya has also worked as a volunteer designer for BlueEnergy, a non profit organization in Bluefields, Nicaragua, and as an international consultant at the Center for Urban and Environmental Studies at EAFIT University in Medellin, Colombia.

Maya completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania where she majored in Architecture and developed a solid foundation in the skill of turning conceptual ideas into physical realities. Maya received her Masters in Architecture from Taliesin, the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture, where she learned the value of hands on experience, independent thinking and learning from the past. 

In addition to her knowledge of architectural design and international development, Maya also believes strongly in learning by doing. During her graduate studies she designed and constructed Helixa, an earthbag dwelling at Taliesin West, Scottsdale, Arizona (2010), and a whole tree garage in Unity, Maine (2009).  When she returned to the United States after 9 months in Colombia, she participated in the construction of the first commercial Super Adobe structure in the nation, and was an intern at Bonita Domes, a private earthbag home constructed just outside of Joshua Tree National Park.  Here in Colorado she has lent her construction skills to the building of a meditation space in Boulder and the Regenerative Home project in La Garita. 

As a means to live her values, Maya also embarked on the design, development and hands on construction of her own off-grid home and studio on an idyllic property in the mountains surrounding Boulder, Colorado which was completed in 2023.  Please enjoy the video above for more information on the core values that drive everything we do at Earthbound Architecture, and how those are transformed into real world decisions.

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