Maria Aiolova received her Master in Architecture from Harvard University, Graduate School of Design in Cambridge, Massachusetts, her Bachelor in Architecture from the Technical University Academy in Vienna, Austria and also holds a Professional Degree in Architecture from Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston, Massachusetts. She has a number of winning competitions including first place in the CHARLES/MGH STATION Design Competition, Boston and the Izmir Post District International Urban Design Competition in Izmir, Turkey.
In 2004, Maria formed a Design/Build Partnership focused on design and construction sustainable houses of modest scale and budget in the Hamptons. The houses represent an appreciation of the intense beauty of the East End of Long Island, the simplicity of old fishermen's cottages and Capitan's houses on the island; challenging the current standards of grandiosity and repetition; utilizing simple design and sustainable building strategies.
As a founder and director of Compost Art Center, nonprofit artists residency program, Maria has been involved in the design and construction of affordable and dynamic space for artists in Sagaponack, New York. In addition to her diverse design work, Maria has been a visiting critic at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University, Rhode Island School of Design and Boston Architectural Center, Washington University and City University of New York.
In 2007, Maria co-founded Terreform 1, a nonprofit organization and philanthropic design collaborative that integrates ecological principles in the urban environment. Her recent work is focused on ecology in design as well as multi-disciplinary research.
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