Maria Morales

Maria Morales

New York, NY, US





New York, NY 10128​


 I believe in design as a tool to develop  better solutions for designing buildings, open areas, communities, environments, and cities. I try to make my work as inclusive as possible  in the hopes of providing, through design, equity for all. 

I am interested in creating and promoting strategies that letall involved stakeholders rethink the current solutions and   practices in architecture and urbanism  while still taking on the challenge of envisioning and designing high-standard projects. I always try to approach and incorporate in my projects the sustainability component to help the environment  within which the design interventions are located but also to increase the capacity and endurance of these interventions.

My practiceis a constant dialogue between design strategies for the built environment, the architecture, the landscape, design of  ecological systems. I am always looking for the  synergybetween them.

I  have a Bachelor of Architecture from Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico where I also got my Postgraduate Degree in Real Estate. I  have worked in the design of vertical housing and in the diffusion of sustainable practices for large-scale projects in Mexico City.  This has allowed me to be invited to lecture and publish some of them at different Congress and Universities. 
Later, I got my MS in Design and Urban Ecologies at The New School, Parsons where I tried to accomplish better social and environmental strategies in the projects I was involved.  During this time I was selected  to participate  in developing a project for developed for United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development known as the Habitat III Congress and presented in October 2016 in Ecuador, Quito. The conference is held every 20 years and its purpose is to rethink the Urban Agenda for a new model of urban development able to integrate all facets of development to promote equity, welfare and prosperity. 



Ecuador’s Ministry of Culture and Habitat III Congress of the UN Conference on Housing & Sustainable Urban Development, Quito Ecuador, Architect Consultant

Analyzed land use, population density, zoning and future land use. Gathered information using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and CAD software, and presented findings through presentations to the organizations during design development using Illustrator and InDesign software.

Conducted research and designed planning instruments in an online platform for the Federation of Communes.

Encouraged territorial planning, cadaster, and communal zoning by building media information and mapping data using GIS to define production purposes of land and enhance environmental protection.

Jul 2015 - May 2016

Ecuador’s Ministry of Environment/University of Guayaquil, Quito & the Department of Urban Planning & Architecture of the University of Leuven, Belgium, Guayaquil, Ecuador, Architect Consultant

Designed master urban plan scheme in a multi-disciplinary team providing architectural support for the ecological restoration of the mangrove and waterfront using GIS, CAD, and Adobe software.

Planned and established a housing strategy for displaced population according to regulations, inhabitants’ needs and developer’s requirements.

Analyzed and assessed land use, population density, zoning and flood maps to develop large-scale and long-term recommendations and developed presentation for the municipality.

Jul 2015 - Jul 2015


Supported street vending research of quantitative and qualitative data, and analyzed existing conditions to legalize practice by the city municipality.

Jan 2015 - Jan 2015

Legal and Fiscal Advisers, México, MX, Real Estate Appraiser Consultant

Conducted analyses and created the entire appraisal for properties; provided written reports that estimate property values, outline methods by which the estimations were made, and meet appraisal standards for the courts to solve legal disputes, define companies’ shares and for sales.

Apply analytical skills to conduct financial and economic analyses to define return of investment in new development projects.

Jan 2013 - Aug 2014

Adhoc Inc, México, MX, Architect

Designed complete conceptual and construction plans; developed innovative housing solutions for multi-family residential building that improved performance through the incorporation of wa¬ter harvesting, energy and gas efficiency systems, solar panels and recycled materials.

Supervised and coordinated project construction including employees’ wages, materials purchase, workers’ schedules to comply schedule deadlines and client requirements.

Accountable for all administrative procedures and created documents for construction permits and project approvals according to building standard code, local regulations and the follow up of them during construction.

Construction administration and led construction team of 10 persons with an effective response and participation.

Developed project layouts, sections, isometrics, elevations, detail drawings, 3D & 2D images, specifications, construction documents of civil, architectural, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing plans required to complete the construction of the project using Revit and Adobe Creative Suite

Jul 2011 - Aug 2014

Mexico City Iztapalapa Borough, Mexico City, Mexico, Architect Consultant

Designed an urban master plan scheme for water collection in street medians including schematic urban design plan, detail drawings, 3D images & 2D images and detailed construction drawings.

Devised a low-impact system of natural and permeable materials to improve ecology and environment of the site.

Jan 2014 - May 2014

Mexico City Government & ICA S.A DE C.V. Company, Mexico City, Mexico, Architect Consultant

Foster resilience and resourcefulness in urban and environmental ecology systems by promoting water harvest-ing, recycling and awareness spaces for affected communities by the lack of water and precariousness.

Designed an urban master plan scheme for water harvesting in the streets to provide water to the population nearby.

Designed the conceptual and construction plans including civil and architectural: project layouts, sections, isometrics, elevations, detail drawings, 3D & 2D images and detailed construction drawings using Autodesk and BIM software.

Jul 2012 - Jul 2013

Environmental And Land Use Attorney, México, MX, Assistant

Supported investigations of the correct use of land and of environmental damage to enforce environmental protection and zoning regulations.

Prepared verification visits, informative reports, and administrative resolutions to ensure the communication and collaboration between institutions and community.

Jan 2011 - Jun 2011

Arch. Julieta Guillermet, Washington, D.C, Draftsman

Created perspectives of urban furniture modules for bikes parking by hand and computer.

Jan 2010 - Aug 2010

P.h.D. C.E. Alejandro Solano, Mexico, MX, Assistant

Supported recollection of information and making of a book of structures named “Tipos de Estructuras“ (Type of Structures ) of P.h.D. C.E. Alejandro Gerardo Solano.

Apr 2008 - Jul 2008

Engineer Institute of Structures and Materials of UNAM, Mexico, MX, Assistant

Supported of different types of concretes and aggregates investigation through the analysis of mechanical performance, static and dynamic behavior, and deterioration in time.

May 2006 - Aug 2006

Hydraulic Unit Operation of Coyoacan City Hall, Mexico, MX, Assistant

Elaborated topographic plans of hydraulic and drainage networks.

Elaborated of topographic surveys.

May 2005 - Sep 2005


The New School, New York, NY, US, Masters, Design and Urban Ecologies

Aug 2014 - May 2016

Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), Mexico, MX, Masters, Real Estate

Sep 2013 - Dec 2014

Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), Mexico, MX, BArch, Architecture

Aug 2006 - Jun 2011

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), Washington, DC, US, BArch, Architecture

Exchange Program of two years

Jan 2010 - Aug 2010


University Merit Award at Parsons The New School for Design, Scholarship

Partial Tuition scholarship for master degree


Youth Prize for Merit in Civil, Environmental and Social Work:, 3rd Place

Recognition for the development of projects to foster environmental protection and social justice granted by Mexico City’s Government


Green Latin America :Best Sustainable Projects in Latin America:, Honorable Mention

Water harvesting project for urban intervention in streets to collect rainwater.


Dean's Scholarship at Parsons The New School for Design, Scholarship

Partial Tuition scholarship for master degree


Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnologia Mexico (CONACYT), Scholarship

Partial Tuition scholarship for master degree


Fundación Mexicana para la Educación, la Tecnología y la Ciencia (FUNED), Scholarship

Partial Tuition scholarship for master degree


Blis Contest Search For The Leaders in Sustainability:, Nomination

Proposal of sustainable project to solve Mexico City's water scarcity.


Urban Acupuncture Contest, Nomination

Proposal for the lack of water in Iztapalapa borough of Mexico City.


Honorable Mention in the completion of studies as architect, Honorable Mention

Recognition for completion of studies with an outstanding thesis and for the contribution to the school's program sucess.


Urban Water Strategies Foundation ICA, 1st Place

Proposal of sustainable management of water in Mexico City.


Innovation in Design and Technology Applied to Architecture Vertical Multi-family Housing, 2nd Place

Apartment building prototype for social dwelling in response to the population increase and housing demand in the city.


Model Contest of Mix-Use Buildings of Uniersidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, 2nd Place

Model of restaurant at Playa del Carmen, Mexico.


Honorable Mention in the completion of studies as draftsman, Honorable Mention

Recognition for completion of studies with A+


Areas of Specialization