Maria Paz was born in November, the 20th,1985, in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Received her Bachelor Degree in Architecture and Urbanism in 2009, from FUMEC University (Belo Horizonte, Brazil). Her thesis received was awarded at the national contest “Opera Prima”. Received her Master Degree in 2011, in Architecture and Discourse from Cornell University (Ithaca, United States). Worked as an intern at Jo Coenen & Co in Luxembourg in 2007 and has been partner and principal of Rizoma since 2008. Was teaching assistant at Cornell University for “March I (second year) studio”, “Drawing 1” and “Elements, Principles & Theories in Japanese Architecture”.