Mia moves fluidly between design, community work and research, believing that cycles of action and research/reflection are central to powerful, intelligent work. In addition to the self-directed research agendas detailed below, Mia has also worked on studies for the Harvard Business School, the Harvard Graduate School of Design and was an interviewer for 2010 book, The Power of Pro Bono ed. by John Cary and Public Architecture, and published by Metropolis Books.

In 2012, Mia joined with designers and researchers Gilad Meron and Nick McClintock to research and document emerging models of socially entrepreneurial design practice. Through speaking, workshops and publications, the Proactive Practices collaborative aims to empower designers to pursue socially impactful work and develop business models that are financially sustainable.

Spring 2015: Proactive Practices was awarded a research grant from the National Endowment of the Arts.

Mia was Northeastern University’s first Architecture Department Research Fellow, a role that was created specifically for her as an opportunity for her research to inform both students and faculty about innovations in models of architecture practice.