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 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 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.
Maria is researching various approaches to housing with special focus on public space and enjoys the tension between practice and research informing each other.