María Arquero de Alarcón is an Associate Professor of Architecture and Urban and Regional Planning and Director of the Master of Urban Design at the University of Michigan Taubman College. Operating at the intersection of architecture, landscape, and urbanism, her work interrogates the agency of design promoting cultural and environmental values in the agenda of urban sustainability. Her teaching includes design studios, seminars and interdisciplinary workshops that incorporate experiential learning components through partnerships across the Great Lakes Region, Latin America and Europe.
María is founding partner of MAde Studio, a research-based, collaborative design practice with projects that articulate a range of design strategies operating across geographies, scales and disciplinary sensibilities. MAde Studio has been recognized with an ACSA Faculty Design Award for Liquid Planning Detroit (2013); four AIA Michigan Design Awards for Playful Horizons (2015), Liquid Planning Detroit (2014), A Dozen Playgrounds (2013) and Eastside Recreation Center (2013); and two Boston Society of Architects Design Award Citations for Playful Horizons (2014) and Liquid Planning Detroit (2013).
Her work is published in the edited volumes Mapping Detroit: Land, Community, and Shaping a City and The Third Coast Atlas: Prelude to a Plan of the Great Lakes Region; the Michigan Journal of Sustainability, Architect Magazine’s “Next Progressives,” Green and Building Design, International Journal of Transportation, PLOT, UHF and New Mobility. María holds a professional degree in Architecture and Urbanism from the Madrid Polytechnic University, a master of Advanced Studies in Landscape Architecture from the E.T.H. Zurich, and a master of Landscape Architecture in Urban Design from the G.S.D., Harvard University. She is a Spanish Registered Architect, and A.S.L.A. and A.P.A. member.