I'm María (she/her), a multidisciplinary designer born in Madrid (Spain), now living in Boston and working as a Design Strategist at Other Tomorrows, an independent strategic design studio.
My background spans architecture, design research, UX, and furniture design. This transdisciplinary experience has allowed me to rethink the relationship between physical and digital interactions, creating products, services, and spaces that respond to human and environmental needs. I focus on applying human-centered research and design strategy to the built environment.
I hold a Master of Science 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. During these past two years at MIT, I have immersed myself in learning human-centered design, manufacturing, entrepreneurship, and management to drive innovation from every angle.
Before jumping into the Product Design world, I gained 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 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.
In my free time, I love to make and break things, cook, and listen to podcasts while riding my bike.
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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.
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. I'm always exited to meet new people and share ideas over foamy lattes :)