Maria was born and raised in the historic town of Quincy, IL. Quincy is known for its rich residential architectural history. It is here that Maria gained a passion for design. When she was a little girl she would ride her bike around town looking at all of the historic Victorian’s, Tudors, colonials, and more. She would often stop and sit on the sidewalk with her sketch book and sketch these beautiful homes. It was on one of these bike rides saw a house design carved in a stone wall. Ever since that day she knew she wanted to design houses. Her passion for design grew with her and she could often be found in her father’s garage crafting and helping him with their home remodel projects.
After high school, Maria completed her Bachelor’s degree in architecture at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign and left the Midwest to complete her Masters of Architecture degree at Texas A&M University. While at A&M, Maria’s main design focus was sustainable residential design and the quadruple bottom line, a holistic design approach that addresses the economic, social, ecological, and sensual demands of any project. It has always been her desire to increase the quality of life for not only her clients, but for those that experience her designs as well.
Before moving into the residential field professionally, Maria worked at some notable commercial firms. While working in commercial architecture she was able to increase her skills in space planning and interior design. Maria believes that the acute attention to the layout of spaces creates a dynamic interaction between them making each space inherently special. Maria transitioned into residential architecture because she felt that the interpersonal connection with the clients was missing and she wanted to create spaces that the clients could truly call home.
In her free time, Maria enjoys spending time with her son, curling up with a good book, going bowling, playing tennis, and rock climbing.