Mariela Alvarez-Toro

Mariela Alvarez-Toro

Brooklyn, NY, US



Mariela is an architectural designer, writer, and teacher.  She is interested in food, space, and design, and combines those to encourage people to gather, enjoy, and cook more often.  She has worked on a range of architecture and interior design projects, from restaurants and food markets to hospitals and airports, and has taught architectural design at Cornell, Harvard, and Columbia Universities.

Mariela has been part of the ICRAVE team for three years, where she has worked on projects through every phase of design, from concept to construction. She recently completed Le District, a large scale market in downtown Manhattan, and has been  designing a holistic experience that blends architecture, interior design, and branding for this space. She actively writes about cooking at  


ICRAVE, New York, NY, US, Designer

May 2012 - current

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 - May 2012

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

RUR Architecture, 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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