Maria graduated in 1989 from the School of Architecture, National University of Singapore, and has extensive experience in large-scale commercial and institutional projects, from concept design to contract management. She was in private practice for ten years with DP Architects, large corporate practice in Singapore, holding the position of Senior Associate, and was responsible for coordinating and directing several large development projects, leading the team as the Project Architect. Believing strongly in the power of architecture to elevate the public realm, her key projects then included mixed commercial development, office towers, retail malls, institutional buildings, media centre and educational facilities. This broad mix of experience in varied building types forms the bedrock for her current role in Maps Design. Maria joined the firm in 1999, and has been responsible for most of the studio’s projects in Singapore, as well as several high profile international portfolio of the firm, like Casa Grande in Spain, One Palauea Bay in Maui, Hawaii and Park Hyatt Maldives, as well as Shangri-La Sanya, China and Shangri-La Singapore. She is responsible for all aspects of these projects, from initial programming and conceptual design through completion. These projects have enabled her to hone an intuitive eye for a fluid aesthetic as well as the cross-cultural sensibilities necessary to work successfully in a globalised context. In today’s collaborative, multidisciplinary design cultures, Maria is also responsible for the interior design and landscape design of the firm’s varied portfolio, working with craftsmen, horticulturalists, artists and artisans in seamless, collaborative ventures. Her design direction is notable for its carefully nuanced detailing whilst her wide-ranging interests in the field of product design and fashion have seen a cross-disciplinary overlap in her projects. Her works are characterized by a relentless pursuit of a distinct client and site-driven aesthetics. They have been exhibited in many exhibitions worldwide, including Tokyo, Costa Rica and the prestigious Venice Biennale. She is also actively involved in the academia, teaching design studios for several years at the National University of Singapore from 1993, as well as being an external critic and examiner at the Singapore Polytechnic. In addition, she regularly attends international conferences, workshops and symposia.