Maria Aiolova

Maria Aiolova

New York, NY, US



Maria Aiolova is an educator, architect, urban designer and community builder in New York City. She is a leader in interdisciplinary education focused on future cities.  Maria is the Co-Founder of Terreform ONE where she created ONE Lab, an experimental school that combines design and science in a singular curriculum. She served as the Academic Director of Global Programs at CIEE (Council on International Educational Exchange), where she created programs in Berlin, Barcelona, Prague, Shanghai, Cape Town and New York. She is an institutional adviser to New Lab at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Maria is currently a visiting faculty at IAAC (Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia), Barcelona. Most recently, she taught at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, Pratt Institute and Parsons the New School for Design. Maria has been a visiting lecturer and critic at Harvard GSD, Columbia University, Cornell University, CUNY, Washington University, The Cooper Union, University of Toronto and Rhode Island School of Design. Formerly, she served as Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer of ETEX Corporation, a bio-tech company in Cambridge, MA. Maria is an inventor, who holds 18 technology patents. Maria has won a number of honors including; AIA New York Urban Design Merit Award, 1st Place International Architecture Award, Victor Papanek Social Design Award, Zumtobel Group Award for Sustainability and Humanity and the Build Boston Award. Her work has been the official selection at Venice Biannale and has been exhibited at MoMA, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the New Institute (NAI) in Rotterdam. Maria received her M.Arch. in Urban Design from Harvard University,  B.Arch. from Wentworth IT with Honors, Dipl.-Ing. from the Technical University of Vienna, Austria and Sofia, Bulgaria.


Terreform ONE, Brooklyn, NY, US, Co-Founder

Nov 2006 - current

CIEE Study Abroad, Portland, ME, US, Academic Director

Jul 2012 - Aug 2016


Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, US, MArch, Graduate School of Design

Sep 2000 - Jun 2002

Wentworth Institute of Technology, Boston, MA, US, BArch, Architecture

Jan 1994 - Jun 1996

Vienna University of Technology, Vienna, Austria, Arch. Dipl.-Ing.

Sep 1991 - Jan 1994

Technical University of Sofia, Sofia, Bulgaria, Arch. Dipl.-Ing.

Sep 1989 - Jun 1991

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