Mariana is a computational architect and structural designer with a strong interest in innovative ways of approaching the fabrication process and use of materials in construction.  Her area of expertise is computational and parametric design with a focus on digital fabrication and sustainable design. Her extensive involvement in projects related to promoting sustainability has led to a multilateral development of skills, which combine the fields of architecture, engineering, computational design and digital fabrication.  In 2019, she successfully defended my Ph.D., which was nominated for the ETH Medal for outstanding dissertation, and was named a “Pioneer” on the MIT Technology review global list of “35 innovators under 35”.

Sep 2021 –

Assistant Professor (TT) of Parametric Structural Design and Digital Fabrication – Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences – Department of Materials, Mechanics, Management and Design – TU Delft,  The Netherlands

2019 – 2021

PostDoc researcher – Block Research Group & NCCR Digital Fabrication – ETH Zurich, Switzerland

2015 – 2019

PhD researcher – Block Research Group & NCCR Digital Fabrication – ETH Zurich, Switzerland

2013 – 2015

Parametric Design Specialist at Zwarts & Jansma Architecten, The Netherlands

2010 – 2012

Master of Science (Cum Laude)Faculty of Architecture, Hyperbody – TU Delft, The Netherlands 

2005 – 2008

Bachelor of ScienceFaculty of Architecture – TU Delft, The Netherlands 

Honors & Awards

MIT 35 under 35 Pioneer
DigitalFUTURES Young Award
ACADIA Best Project
ACADIA Best Project award runner-up
PhD nominated for ETH Medal
Best presentation Award
Master Thesis Cum Laude

Selected Media

TEDx Bucharest
AEC Next Build
EmTech 35 under 35
Harvard GSD