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2014 Lecture : Maria Mingallon

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Maria Mingallon : Wednesday February 5th @ 5.30pm in First Floor Gallery

Maria Mingallon lecture is sponsored by the College of Architecture Lecture Series.

Maria Mingallon is a senior structural engineer with a degree in architecture. Her work uses Nature as a source of knowledge and digital computation as a tool for designing, analysing and making. She graduated in 2005 in Civil Engineering in Spain at UCLM and obtained a scholarship to complete her studies at Imperial College in London. She has worked at ARUP since graduating as a Structural Engineer. Among other projects, she has designed two footbridges leading to the Aquatics Centre by Zaha Hadid Architects at the London 2012 Olympic Park. In 2008 Arup sponsored her master degree in Emergent Technologies and Design at the Architectural Association from which she graduated with Distinction.

She has taught at the Architectural Association as a visiting tutor. She is currently teaching Advanced Construction at McGill School of Architecture where she was awarded the 'Gerald Sheff Visiting Professorship in Architecture' for outstanding part-time teaching, in June 2011. From Sep 2010, she directed the ContemPLAY pavilion project (in collaboration with FARMM), which has recently reached completion. She is also part of the reviewing committee for the Symposium in Simulation for Architecture and Urban Design (SimAud).

On December 2010, Maria published her first book: 'Fiber Composite Adaptive Systems'. On August 2012 she co-authored a chapter titled 'Bio-inspired Self-Actuating Composite Materials' part of the book: 'Composites and Their Applications'. Maria is currently co-directing the b-Shack project, a beehive observation shack to be designed and built by graduate students of McGill University, in collaboration with the Facility for Architectural Research in Media and Mediation, FARMM.