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Maria has published an article explaining why she has decided to run here. In summary, her manifesto is included below.
"I believe that architects have a meaningful role to play in addressing social and environmental injustice and that the RIBA can and should be an articulate, esteemed voice working to dismantle and disincentivise the systems that perpetuate the exploitation of our environment and each other.
"I am optimistic that the 2020s will see great shifts towards addressing climate breakdown and a renewed exploration of what constitutes the good life. If elected, I would work to ensure that architects’ agency in contributing to these changes is maximised. I believe that architects, as propositional, socially oriented, technical professionals are well placed to play an important role in this transition. However, the business of architecture will change, and the RIBA must support the profession and advocate for its legitimacy in the face of these changes.
"I studied at Bath, TUDelft, and London Met. I cofounded art and architecture practice Studio Weave in 2006. In 2015 I founded Interrobang, a transdisciplinary architecture and engineering practice within Webb Yates Engineers. Transdisciplinary working seeks to go one step beyond multidisciplinary as individuals work across disciplines and in September 2019, I will complete my engineering degree at the Open University. I believe that better integrating the skillsets of architecture and engineering offers a stronger position from which to address the issues of our age.
"It is challenging to address systemic issues on a project-by-project basis, so I have also been a columnist for RIBAJ and cofounded debate series Turncoats. I am currently sitting on the Mayor’s Design Advocacy Panel, and am co-chief curator for the Oslo Architecture Triennale 2019.
"I put myself forward for RIBA Council with the hope that this institution might enable architects to work together to cultivate a custodial not extractivist relationship with the natural world, and a convivial, equal society."