Laura Walker is an architect and artist practicing in Detroit, Michigan. She is the recipient of the 2019 AIA Detroit Young Architect of the Year Award and featured in Crain’s 2022 Notable Women in Construction, Architecture and Design, and Crain’s 2020 Notable Women in Design. Laura is co-founding Owner of Other Work. She has over 15 years of professional and academic experience ranging across all scales and typologies — from small-scale design-build installations and commercial spaces to expansive higher education, workplace, and urban design.
As a White, queer woman, she is interested in power struggle and alliance building in racialized territories and traditionally gendered spaces. Her work reimagines how human bodies perform and interact with one another and their surroundings. Engaged in transdisciplinary and inclusive collaboration, she designs participatory environments that radically affirm and celebrate marginalized human identities, expressions, and desires — queer, Black, Indigenous, (dis)abled folx and people of color.