Maria joined Living Habitats in 2017 as a recent graduate of Tulane University where she received a Master’s of Science in Disaster Resilience. She earned a Bachelor’s of Landscape Architecture from Louisiana State University, where she was honored with the ASLA Louisiana Chapter Award of Honor. She was distinguished as a National Olmsted Scholar in 2015, allowing her to dive deeper into her love of research. Maria is an advocate for the understanding of how the hidden influences of environmental, infrastructural and economic networks play major roles in the physical and mental health of communities.
Her previous experience with not-for-profits, volunteering and studying and working abroad have allowed her to seek problem solving design solutions that cross traditional discipline boundaries. With community at the forefront of design, she aims to foster healthy, resilient communities.