Maria is a city and an urban place strategist, focusing on collaborative design, policy, and funding models that are inclusive, equitable, and underpin good growth. Her career started in environment and planning law, and she’s developed a portfolio of work that aims to underpin ethically driven, co-created and economically viable places, spaces and cities using a mix of frameworks, from social value to heritage and culture. Maria is also the Founder of Living Space Project – an urban place making consultancy and think tank. She’s also an associate, and on the board of a number of organisations with strong place and city agendas.
She writes articles and blogs and has written for The Guardian, New Start, Prospect Magazine, the World Bank, British Academy, and Policy Press. She’s also the author of the “must read” book, The Place Making Factor, that blends narrative and fact, on place and grant making. In her spare time, she collects “knackered old Penguin paperback books”, enjoys taking walks around neighbourhoods and now and again settling down with a few marshmallows whilst listening to a podcast.
Everyone would have the right to a decent home and access to spaces where they can live, play and love without fear.