Maria Mingallon

Maria Mingallon is an associate at Arup and a structural engineer with professional engineering licenses in the UK, Spain, and Canada (Quebec and Ontario). She also holds a degree in architecture from the prestigious Architectural Association in London, from which she obtained her second masters degree and graduated with distinction in 2009. With more than 11 years of experience, Maria is a specialist in parametric design, advanced computation, and digital fabrication of structures with complex geometry. From 2010 to 2013, Maria was an adjunct professor at the McGill School of Architecture, a position for which she was awarded the Gerald Sheff Visiting Professorship in Architecture for outstanding part-time teaching. She has been a research collaborator at the Facility for Architectural Research in Media and Mediation (FARMM) at McGill University since 2010, for which she has co-directed the design and construction of ContemPLAY and b-Shack. She has also taught internally at Arup and at the Architectural Association as a visiting tutor. Maria has published several books and papers focused on parametric design of complex geometry structures, notably “The Architecture of the Dragonfly Wing,” a biomimicry study on the structural and mechanical behavior of the dragonfly wings. In May 2015, Maria received the Visionary Prize as part of the 13th edition of the Québec Association of Consulting Engineers’ Grands Prix de génie-conseil québecois. Since 2014, Maria leads the buildings in the Arup’s Montreal office, where she continues to demonstrate that she doesn't stop at the first feasible solution but aspires to explore and innovate at every opportunity.

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