Mika Gilmore graduated from the BAC with a bachelor's degree in Interior Design. She has worked in various firms (HMFH; Kallmann McKinnell and Wood) and has been involved in many practice projects at the BAC - as an interior design leader in the Ecotopian House and team member for the Solar Decathlon House. As a teaching assistant for the entry-level AOP studios, she also takes part as a reviewer for progress reviews and studio finals.
Mika's first experience as a designer started early on when she helped her dad, a woodworker. This childhood experience, of living in a creative construction environment, affected her more positively in the long run than she would have ever imagined. Being raised by an activist mother, Mika also realized that as a designer she could play a role in the world by creating responsible and sustainable design. "The amazing thing about design is how it evolves to become an answer, in form, not only in theory or statement, but in actuality." Her experiences brought her closer and closer to the BAC, as she started to realize that she wanted a career in a creative field that demanded innovative problem solving, constant challenges, and opportunity to grow as a person and a professional.
Mika has had some of her best instructors at the BAC, who led her down the risky roads it takes to create, and create she does. Highlighted on Apartment Therapy and sold locally, Mika's work is getting noticed. A multi-functional, modular storage wall inspired by the beehive and hexagon, her 'Hexy Wall' design emerged from a BAC Furniture Studio and has been perfected through the iterative design/build process. It is evident that as an emerging professional and a designer, Mika has found a way to have the two worlds (of academics and practice) inform each other very successfully, all while encouraging her exploration as an artist and a maker.