Before joining Hutchinson & Partners, Maria graduated from the Masters Course at the University of Sheffield with a Distinction in 2018.
Her main areas of interest focus on the densification of the human population in urban areas. She explored challenges of social integration in her 6th Year Masters Thesis, where an architecture of inclusivity was resolved through the approach of ‘throwntogtherness’, which respects local narratives and their amalgamation with new communities and their cultures. Maria’s Dissertation on ‘What role do Artistic Interventions Play in the Urban Regeneration of Marginalised Communities?’ explored these issues locally in her neighbourhood in Lisbon. Maria also studied how to manage depleting natural resources in a Sustainable Development Course in Tongji University, Shanghai.
Previously, she interned at different practices globally, including two practices in Portugal as well as a yearlong experience in Beijing at Valode et Pistre. Here she worked in an international design team that worked on different scale projects and regeneration strategies, including the winning proposal for the largest commercial centre in the world, the Shenzhen Expo.