Maria Ruedinger

Maria Ruedinger

Tucson, AZ, US



Architecture is my third career. I graduated from the University of Michigan and followed my heart's desire to be a glass blower by moving to Salina, Kansas to learn the trade. From there stints in Hollywood and Detroit before setting up my own glass shop in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Fifteen successful years later after adding a full service metal shop complete with CNC router, UL listing, and crane truck. I decided to close up shop and learn all I could about the construction of buildings. 

My first masters was in Construction Management where I learned the art of scheduling and CPM. I spent several years running the construction of several Lowes stores in Michigan for a couple general contractors.  The last was for Skanska USA and was completed in 150 days. But, the one aspect of construction-good construction plans- eluded me. Fast forward to a visit to Phoenix and a trip to Taliesin West where I had a conversation with one of the staff about the architecture profession and I was off to me third career. 

I completed my masters in architecture at the University of Michigan in April of 2005 and was in Tucson , AZ enrolled in the University of Arizona pursuing a third masters in landscape architecture.  

My move to Arizona has enabled me to take multiple interests- real estate, architecture, and construction and combine them into a vacation rental business that specializes in unique architectural homes in Tucson. And earn my licenses as an architect, landscape architect, and real estate agent. 

I'd like to continue making Tucson real estate shine and helping people realize their dream home. 


GLHN Architects & Engineers inc, Tucson, AZ, US, Architect

GLHN focuses on institution clients. While employed at GLHN I worked on the City of Tucson public transportation projects: Sun Tran maintenance facility- a 3 phase project to add maintenance and serivce for 250 buses on the northwest side of town. And the new Sun Link electric streetcar maintenance facility.
Pima County-was the lead designer for the new Rillito Park improvements-new outdoor farmers market, new horse stables, and the expansion of soccer fields on site.
Department of Veterans Affairs- lead designer on several renovation projects on multiple VA campuses.
Institutions of Higher Learning: architect and project manager for numerous renovation/upgrades on campuses for the University of Arizona, Pima Community College, Yavapai College, and Northern Arizona University.
LEED AP: was the account manager for all LEED projects by GLHN from 2010 to 2015. Projects included existing buildings, new construction for LEED versions 2.2, 3.0, and 4.0.

Jun 2008 - Apr 2015


University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, US, Masters, Landscape Architecture

Masters of Science in Landscape Architecture. Started the program in fall of 2005 and completed all course work by Spring 2007. Finished masters thesis in 2011 to graduate.

Aug 2005 - Dec 2011

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, US, Masters, Architecture

Masters of Science in Architecture. While there worked on the College's entry in the Solar Decathlon.

Jul 2001 - Apr 2005

Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI, US, Masters, Construction Managment

Focused on reading blue prints, construction scheduling including the use of Primavera project management software, and project management.

Jan 1999 - Apr 2001

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, US, BArch, Liberal Arts

Sep 1981 - Aug 1985

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