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Hi! I'm Maria-Alejandra ICAZA PAREDES, architect and designer.

An object is equivalent to endless possibilities of form, function and use. From an early age I was introduced into the world of art and design by my mother, a sculptor, and encouraged to always be creative; now I cannot visualize a world without design in it. Every time I encounter an object I try to analyze why it was designed in a certain way, if it seems to fulfill its purpose, and if there is a possibility to improve it and how. I have always been fascinated by how the design of objects and spaces can influence so strongly the way in which a person behaves during their interaction with it. My goal is to make life easier for as many people as possible with innovation and improvement.

 

My body of work is shaped by my journey across different design disciplines: architecture, interior, furniture and product. This is a journey that started because of a constant hunger for knowledge and the goal of becoming a well-rounded designer. From my undergraduate architectural studies comes an approach to design following the Vitruvian Virtues of Architecture: Utilitas, Firmitas, Venustas. The principle states that design should keep a balance between durability, utility and beauty. From my graduate studies in design comes a newly found appreciation for materials and manufacturing processes.

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