Maria is a licensed architect based in Los Angeles.

She likes to work on ceramics in her spare time.


Maria is a Los Angeles-based architect and educator. She received her Bachelor of Science from the University of Michigan, and relocated to Los Angeles to pursue a Master of Architecture from UCLA. During her time in graduate school, she fell in love with and was intent on pursuing a career in the city.

Maria graduated from UCLA in 2015 with the top thesis prize, and since then has worked in the Los Angeles offices of SOM and most recently as a Project Architect at NBBJ. She was interested in exploring human experience and the intersection of public and private realms via design of large-scale buildings in urban environments. She has worked within a range of programmatic spheres including government, office, medical, and educational buildings. 

Recently she has shifted to smaller scale work, focusing on residential projects in Los Angeles and the Bay Area, and is currently collaborating with small female-led practices. Maria is dedicated to discovering the essence of space and place within each project, with an emphasis on material expression and clarity of details. 

Maria is licensed in California and Michigan. She is currently a lecturer at Cal Poly Pomona, teaching Construction Lecture and 2nd year Design Studio courses.


Cal Poly Pomona(Pomona, CA)
School of Environmental Design
Architecture Program

Lecturer, 2019 - Present
    > Second Year Design Studio
    > Construction I
    > Construction II

UCLA (Los Angeles, CA)
Department of Architecture and Urban Design
Jump Start Summer Studio Program
Instructor, Summer 2019


Social Studies Projects (Los Angeles, CA)
Project Architect
Aug 2021 - Present

Perennial Architecture (Berkeley, CA)
Project Architect
Aug 2021 - Present

NBBJ (Los Angeles, CA)
Project Architect, Feb 2019 - July 2021

SOM (Los Angeles, CA)
Architect, July 2015 - Nov 2018

64NORTH (Los Angeles, CA)
Intern, Summer 2014

RCHS (Los Angeles, CA)
Intern, Summer 2013


UCLA (Los Angeles, CA)
Department of Architecture and Urban Design
Master of Architecture, 2012 - 2015
Chao Di Su Fellowship - Top Thesis of graduating class

University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI)
Taubman College or Architecture and Urban Planning
B.S. in Architecture, 2006 - 2010

Registered Architect, State of California

Registered Architect, State of Michigan

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