Mariela Alvarez-Toro

Mariela Alvarez-Toro

Brooklyn, NY, US


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Mariela Alvarez Toro recently graduated with Distinctions from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design with a post-professional, Master of Architecture II degree.  Her topics of interest include food production systems, social housing, and domesticity. She has recently completed "People in Food-Space", an ethnographic study on the cultural production of taste in space. She has also examined post-soviet food production systems and housing projects in Havana, Cuba. Originally from Puerto Rico, Mariela has been living in the United States for seven years, during which she earned a Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University.  She has involved herself in both teaching and practice, from introductory design studios at Cornell University and Boston Architectural College, to the study of World Heritage Sites at Columbia University’s Laboratory for Architectural Broadcasting (C-Lab).  Mariela recently cofounded Project on Spatial Sciences, at Harvard University, and is now developing a low-cost housing technology for the Dominican Republic while actively writing on food at



Columbia University, New York, NY, US, Adjunct Assistant Professor

Co-taught with Eric Binge and Mimi Hoang "Rio Super Hospital", a Advanced Level Graduate studio at Columbia University. Carried out administrative tasks, organized and planned a trip to Rio de Janeiro.

Jan 2012 - current

nARCHITECTS, Brooklyn, NY, US, Junior Architect Consultant

Worked on the schematic design of a cultural center for east brooklyn. Focused on 3D modeling, render production, and toning of drawings for project presentation.

Jan 2012 - Mar 2012

Florida International University, Miami, FL, US, Adjunct Faculty

Taught fourth year Design Studio titled: "Mega House", which explored the limits of housing systems in urban Miami.

Aug 2011 - Dec 2011

Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, US, Research and Curatorial Assistant

May 2011 - Aug 2011

Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, US, Teaching Assistant

Lead an intensive six week Introduction to Architecture Studio for High School Students.

May 2009 - Aug 2009

Columbia Laboratory for Architectural Broadcasting - C-LAB, New York, NY, US, Intern

Lead research and produced graphic material for Volume 17 Content Management. Focused on an article titled "World Heritage Site: Oryx or Goat", which explored the complexity of the UNESCO's World Heritage Sites.

May 2008 - Aug 2008

Reiser + Umemoto, New York, NY, US, Intern

Jan 2008 - May 2008


Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, US, MArch, Master in Architecture II

Aug 2009 - May 2011

Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, US, BArch, Architecture

Aug 2004 - May 2009

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