Maria is a Design Resilience Leader for Gensler’s South Central region and Director of Sustainable Design, based in Gensler’s Houston office. She serves as one of the firm’s leading sustainability ambassadors, promoting resilience, wellness, performance-based design, climate action, and our Gensler GC3 goals.
Maria has led sustainable design efforts for more than 100 million square feet of space, including a net zero project and more than 7 million square feet of LEED Platinum projects. One of her prime directives is to facilitate third-party certification efforts with project teams for complex facilities, campuses, and corporate projects. Maria’s experience in architectural design, interior design, and planning contribute to her holistic approach and understanding of sustainability at various levels.
Maria is a LEED Fellow with multiple credentials, WELL AP, Fitwel Ambassador, and Licensed Architect and Interior Designer. As an industry leader, promoting green building and sustainable living practices, Maria is currently serving as the chair of the Board of Directors of the U.S. Green Building Council Texas Chapter. She helps architects and designers focus on health and wellness and discover how they can design more energy-efficient buildings with lower building and operating costs.