About me

Maria Kramer graduated from the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL in 1999 in addition to obtaining a masters there in 2011. Previously she has studied architecture at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna and art at UCSB (University of California, Santa Barbara).

Maria worked for Coop Himmelb(l)au and Hopkins&Partners before co-managing the architecture office Leit-werk ltd as a partner and director for more than ten years, after which she set up her own studio Room 102 ltd in 2011. Maria was project architect and manager for a number of competition winning projects, including the redevelopment of St John’s Square in Blackpool, the airport developments at Bangalore and Gaza International Airport and a public art sculpture in the city centre of Didcot.  She has been selected to the Open 100 of Artangel, for the proposal ‘My home is not my castle’, laying open for public scrutiny the dire compromises of new suburban housing in the UK, coining the term ‘ruins of the newly built’.

Maria has given upskilling seminars to local councils and their regeneration teams financed by the GLA with regards to the process of briefing, designing and constructing building projects based on RIBA work stages. This included understanding risks and opportunities of different building contracts holistically as well as their pros and cons and basics for tendering and managing quality control throughout the project stages. 

Teaching

Maria taught at Cardiff University for several years before joining Westminster University where she is a tutor at undergraduate and postgraduate level, course leader for the summer school and an examiner for RIBA III architects qualification. Maria has previously also taught at Oxford Brooks University and at the London Metropolitan University.

Together with DS3(2) and with the support of Quintin Hogg Trust funding we have developed and build two pavilions, which were part of the London Festival of Architecture:

Woven Pavilion: http://www.room102.com/woven-pavilion.html

Oculus Pavilion: http://www.room102.com/oculus-pavilion.html

Maria has received funding from the QHT  until 2023 to develop and built a community hub in Waltham Forest in collaboration with locals and students and with the support of the council. 

Research

Maria is researching various approaches to community housing and hubs and focuses on bridging the gap between research and practice, via co-creation and integrating high and low technology.

She is focusing on developing innovative sustainable manufacturing methods based on modular systems and how these can be applied within active community and enterprise hubs.

How can creative consultation influence the design process? Exploration of new approaches, with comparative analysis.; social value assessment in relation to current practice; Partnering with councils, industry, CIC and a wide range of stakeholders for professional knowledge exchange and wider applied research;

Assessment of integrative, redeployable systems including as part of meanwhile projects; testing and evaluating new ways of collaborative working with stakeholders;