Mary deLaittre

Mary deLaittre, Founder and Principal of Groundwork

Mary deLaittre has extensive experience working in city building, focusing primarily on facilitating and coordinating public/private projects. She has practiced both architecture and urban design, working primarily with neighborhoods to develop plans and programs to help them address current and future issues and needs. Mary has been involved in design education, in a variety if capacities, over the last 10 years, including teaching Architecture and Urban Design at the University of Minnesota’s College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, founding and directing SiteLines, a 501(c)(3) that conducts research and develops educational materials, programs and events about neighborhood planning and design, and developing SiteSeeing, a curriculum and educational program that teaches students how to see and think critically about the built and natural environment. Mary has also been involved in a number of special projects related to design and the built environment. She was General Manager of the Design Institute’s Twin Cities Design Celebration, a year long series of design education events, she participated in the research and development of Planning to Stay, a handbook about neighborhood development, and produced “Safety and the Urban Environment,” a design competition, symposium and catalogue introducing students to the topic of safety and design. Currently, along with leading Groundwork, Mary continues as Executive Director of SiteLines. Mary received a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from Brown University and a Masters of Architecture with a concentration in Urban Design from the University of Minnesota.

Groundwork Consultants

Nancy A. Miller is a communications consultant with experience writing in a variety of media – from print to web – for a variety of audiences. She has 10 years experience and has worked on brand development, marketing strategies, conference planning and other project management. Nancy excels at research, writing and the creation of dynamic content packages. She has written extensively for Architecture Minnesota. Her background is in architecture and architectural history, in which she has an M.Arch (University of Minnesota) and Ph.D. (University of Pennsylvania). From 1999-2008 Nancy taught courses in modern architectural history and urban design at the University of Minnesota College of Design, where she also worked as a Research associate at the Metropolitan Design Center and was Associate Director of the Center for World Heritage Studies. Nancy has a particular interest in architecture of the recent past and is Board President of a developing Minnesota chapter of DOCOMOMO – an international organization dedicated to the documentation and conservation of the modern movement.

Pamela Miller has over 20 years of graphic design experience and has created marketing and collateral materials for a variety of clients as both an art director and independent graphic design consultant. She has helped position clients in the local market with her unique and consistent marketing look — managing projects from design concept through computer production. Along with her graphic design consultancy, Pamela is an adjunct instructor and advisory board member at Hennepin Technical College.