Maria Mingallon is a chartered structural engineer with a degree in architecture. Her main research interests are focused in complex geometries, emergent technologies, form finding and biomimicry.
She graduated in 2005 in Civil Engineering in Spain at UCLM and obtained a scholarship to complete her studies at Imperial College.
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 is currently teaching the courses ‘Advanced Construction’ and ‘Community Design Workshop’ to the professional MArch class at McGill School of Architecture. She has previously taught at the Architectural Association as a visiting tutor.
Maria has recently published her first book ‘Fiber Composite Adaptive Systems: A manifesto into selfactuating potentials of fiber composite structures embedded with shape memory alloy actuators’ on Dec 2010.