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Maria Smith

Founding Director at Interrobang

Maria is an architect and founding director of architecture and engineering practice Interrobang. Interrobang was founded with engineers, Steve Webb and Andy Yates of Webb Yates Engineers in order to make extraordinary contributions to the built environment though a genuinely transdisciplinary design process. Projects currently range from the first new pedestrian and cycle bridge to be built in Bath city centre for a century, to the refurbishment of the Grade II* listed Hoover Factory to create 66 new homes.

Prior to this, Maria was a founding director of multi-award-winning art and architecture practice Studio Weave where she led a range of projects for local authorities, community groups, and arts groups. Maria studied at the University of Bath (UK), Technical University Delft (The Netherlands) and London Metropolitan University (UK).

Maria writes a monthly column on architectural practice in the RIBAJ and contributes to magazines including the Architects’ Journal, the Architectural Review, Dezeen and others. She is co-curator of innovative series of politics and architecture debates, Turncoats; a member of the RIBA National Awards Panel; an external examiner at the University of Sheffield and Centre for Alternative Technology in Machynlleth, Wales; Creative Director of the 2016 RIBA Guerrilla Tactics Conference, Super Models; and a trustee of The Architecture Foundation.

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