Maurice Cox is a partner in, RBGC, Architecture, Research and Urbanism, and also teaches at the University of Virginia. He has just completed eight years on the Charlottesville City Council and the last two as Mayor. He believes strongly in the need for professionals in the design fields to step into the civic arena and help shape public decisions. He has brought a number of architects and other designers into various leadership roles in the public life of Charlottesville. He believes it has raised the level of discussion about the physical environment of the city. In his architectural practice, he particularly seeks clients in underserved communities and is especially proud of the service his firm has provided for the community of Bayview, Virginia as they have rebuilt their rural sustainable village. As a Loeb Fellow, Maurice studied the importance of leadership roles of the citizen-architect in shaping todays cities.