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 tastyplan.com.
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.
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.
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.
Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, US, Research and Curatorial Assistant
Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, US, Teaching Assistant
Lead an intensive six week Introduction to Architecture Studio for High School Students.
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.
Reiser + Umemoto, New York, NY, US, Intern
Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, US, MArch, Master in Architecture II
Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, US, BArch, Architecture