At MAYA, we recognize the critical role that environment plays in fostering innovation. Our new space in the heart of downtown Pittsburgh incorporates lessons learned over two decades of growth and service as a technology design and innovation lab. The 360-degree interior design abounds with a variety of spaces and surfaces that encourage a drive for creative thinking and interdisciplinary collaboration.
Our office is full of whiteboards and open workspaces that serve as a blank canvas for engineers, visual designers and human scientists who generate and share new ideas with clients and each other. We arranged our desks into interdisciplinary neighborhoods without walls to enhance collaboration and creativity, and extend the experience into team rooms which MAYAns can call home for the duration of a project.
The Kiva® is the center of our new space and our main ideation room. Its inspiration and name come from the ancient circular, underground rooms built by Native Americans for rituals and community meetings. The circular shape is crucial to its function, while its wraparound white board allows groups to capture a graphic library of the day’s thinking. Not to be outdone by Goldilocks, our Kiva comes in three sizes so there’s always one that is just right. From the Kiva to the open floor plan, our space makes instant collaboration easy.
At MAYA we are makers at heart, and each of our three practices—engineering, human sciences, and visual design—has its own laboratory. The usability lab allows us to study, record, and monitor how people interact with hardware, software, systems, or environments while broadcasting in real-time to selected observers. In the model shop, we create rough-and-ready physical and virtual prototypes that we can evaluate with users quickly and incorporate their feedback into refined designs. Our electronics lab puts concepts to the test when we begin to merge software and hardware.
Energy efficient, recycled, and sustainable materials ensure that our space is environmentally friendly, while natural lighting and walls of windows offer scenic views of the city skyline and Point State Park, where Pittsburgh’s famous three rivers converge.
MAYA is located in the heart of the city, where a mix of residential, office, retail, and entertainment options create a dense, walkable community that’s ideal for our company. Our location near the Point makes a rental car unnecessary for visitors staying downtown. With many walking and biking trails, as well as public buses connecting downtown to the rest of the city, there are a variety of transportation options for commuters. Also, company-designed programs such as MAYABike give our employees more resources to help them take full advantage of alternatives to driving. There are covered bicycle racks near the office and showering facilities within the MAYA space.
Stop by our office and see how MAYAns balance active, healthy living with working and innovating in the center of vibrant Pittsburgh.