Mary Konsoulis


Konsoulis is a consulting curator, writer, and editor whose practice focuses on the relationship of people to the built environment. Her work includes a number of exhibitions, including Reston: The Art of Community for the Initiative for Public Art in Reston, Virginia. She has been an editor, curator, and writer with the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts, a federal design review agency in Washington, D.C.   At the agency, she edited and was a contributing author for Civic Art: A Centennial History of the U. S. Commission of Fine Arts, an illustrated history of the commission published in spring 2013 and distributed by the University of Massachusetts Press. Before her work for the commission, Konsoulis was a curator at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., developing exhibitions that explored the spatial, political, cultural, and technological influences on the design and development of American cities.


Konsoulis is an adjunct faculty member in the University of Maryland’s School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation. She has taught in both the historic preservation and real estate development programs; her courses emphasize the interdisciplinary nature of the planning, zoning, and entitlement processes and the importance of public engagement and communication. From 2007 to 2009, she was a senior editor at Real Estate Review, a professional journal for the real estate industry produced by the Colvin Institute of Real Estate at the University of Maryland and published by Thomson/West.

In 2012, she served on a ULI Washington Technical Assistance Panel for the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, Virginia, a historic property and adaptive reuse project that formerly housed the District of Columbia jail.


Konsoulis has a master’s degree in city and regional planning from Harvard University and an undergraduate degree in American Studies from Wellesley College. For a number of years, she was an urban planner in the Washington, D.C., office of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill.