I'm María (she/her/hers), an architect and designer born in Madrid (Spain), now living in Boston (US).
I'm currently pursuing a MS in Engineering & Management with a focus on Human-Centered Design Leadership at the Integrated Design & Management program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with a Fulbright Scholarship. I hold a Master's and Bachelor's degree in Architecture from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (ETSAM). I completed my studies with Digital Fabrication and Furniture Design classes at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) in Chicago and UX Research & Design in Madrid.
I have 4+ years of international experience working as an architectural designer and design researcher at Studio Gang Architects in Chicago, HFE architects in Madrid, and Autodesk in San Francisco. I love designing furniture, and my work has been exhibited at Madrid Design Festival, and the Sculpture Objects Functional Art and Design (SOFA) in Chicago.
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Architectural studies have awakened in me an eagerness to design, which has led me to go beyond the limits of architecture itself and get immersed in other creative fields, such as Furniture, Product, and Design Research.
I'm a multidisciplinary designer trained as an architect, curious researcher, furniture design enthusiast, strategist and systems thinker, and above all, I'm a maker and a prototype builder.
I believe that the environment is not only space itself but the products and the experiences we have in it, and people relate to the built environment through products and services. I conceive them as the key element of interaction between society and its architecture.
My previous experience in Architecture, Furniture Design, and UX has made me rethink the relationship between physical and digital, service and spatial design, and look for ways to incorporate them into a single practice, designing a holistic experience.
I believe design is a tool to empower people, which becomes more impactful when working across disciplines. As a Fulbright scholar, I'm increasingly amazed by the power of both intercultural relationships and interdisciplinary teams for driving innovation.
Feel free to reach out if you are already working on this intersection or if you just want to chat about it :)
The best way to predict the future is to make it.
- Alan Key