About this Speaker
May So is a mission-driven architect and Senior Associate at Mithun, an integrated design practice, with 22 years of experience leading complex urban mixed-use high-rise projects that advance sustainability, health and social equity goals and contribute to building more inclusive and diverse cities. Her work has focused on leveraging scale and private development mechanisms to deliver physical and social infrastructure for public benefit and the transformative power of design to address urban challenges with a human-centered lens. Her projects have delivered block and neighborhood-scale district energy systems, public park and plaza dedications, public markets, micro-retail incubators, pedestrianized alleys, green stormwater infrastructure and innovative mass timber construction.
May has published on topics of housing and impacts of urban growth and densification and has co-authored two books including Towards an Ethical Architecture which examines the obligations of architects to serve all members of society including vulnerable communities. She has spoken in various forums including most recently Material Health in Affordable Housing: A Team Approach hosted by Health Product Declaration Collaborative. Her current research initiatives include examining the potential impacts that new mobility and e-commerce may have on how cities, communities and buildings are designed to support urban vitality, livability and character and developing a baseline analysis framework for adaptive re-use design strategies for parking structures.
May currently serves on the Seattle Design Review Board, the Urban Land Institute District Council Tasks Forces for Health and Equity, the Urban Land Institute Resilient Land Use Cohort Review and Selection Committee and the Capitol Hill EcoDistrict Steering Committee.