I’m Maria Risueño and I’m an architect. I hold an architecture degree from the Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid (ETSAM), Universidad Politécnica de Madrid and I completed my studies at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) in Chicago.
Architectural studies have awakened in me an eagerness to start designing new products and experiences for our future domestic environments, which has led me to get immersed in new fields such as Product, Furniture Design and User Experience Design (UX/UI). Thanks to this training, I have developed the analytical tools necessary to find design opportunities in my social and urban surroundings and I now understand design (of a space, of a product) as a method.
Since 2015, I have complemented my academic training with professional experience in architecture offices in Madrid and Chicago. After collaborating as a designer at a Studio Gang architects (Chicago), I continue my professional activity in Héctor Fernández Elorza architects in Madrid.
During my stay in Chicago, I collaborated in the first edition of Chicago Architecture Biennial (2015) as I exhibited my own pieces of furniture in The Sculpture Objects Functional Art and Design ( SOFA) Fair of Chicago (2016).
During the 2017-2018 academic year, I began my teaching experience with a collaboration fellowship from the Spanish Ministry of Education in Soriano Unit. In 2019, I continued collaboratig as a teaching assistant in Aparicio Studio Unit at the Architectural Design Department at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid.
Now, I would like to keep learning and working towards the future of furniture and product design for our future domestic environments thanks to a Fulbright scholarship to pursue graduate studies in the United States.
The best way to predict the furure is to make it. -Alan Key