Maria Paez Gonzalez
- Visiting Lecturer
- Architecture MA
Maria is a practicing architect, tutor, and researcher.
She is a practicing architect, tutor, and researcher. Her work looks at the architectural form of knowledge work and the Californian ‘Tech’ Headquarter as its finest paradigm.
At the RCA, she is a studio tutor at ADS0 led by Steve Salembier (Atelier Bildraum).
School, Centre or Area
Maria is a visiting lecturer and studio tutor at ADS0 led by Steve Salembier (Atelier Bildraum) where she focuses on design methodologies and theoretical framing of the work.
Maria is interested in the relations of knowledge and power imbued in work and its social capacities. Her work focuses on Silicon Valley and Northern California as the locus of a series of cultural, aesthetic, and most critically formal crystallizations associated with a form of production that has transcended its original commodity and now permeates all work, all life, all the time.
A primary concern of her work is the subjectification processes of knowledge work and its activities problematic similarity to leisure, pleasure, and self-edification.
Maria is an active architect, practicing as an Associate Partner at Foster + Partners. She works in the seam of corporate and academic practice, a challenging position that she navigates in search for agency.
Maria's PhD Research is sponsored by Haworth.
Current and recent research
Maria is also a co-founder and tutor of Tropicality, a programme part of the Architecture Association Visiting School led Brendon Carlin and in collaboration with film director and tutor Andrew Houston.