Maria Vera van Embden Andres

How does a space, a city or object relate to us and how does its visual, tactile and spatial presence influence our state of mind?

Maria Vera, installation artist with a foundation in architecture and currently Director of development at Studio Drift, recently founded her London studio Dreams Work and has a passion for the experiential aspects of our built environment.

In 2012 Maria Vera graduated with a dual master degree in Architecture and Building Technology at University of Technology in Delft. She finished several graduation courses at SCI-Arc Los Angeles, taught by Elena Manferdini, Andy Ku and Jean-Pierre Herbert.

During her studies she published and presented two research papers on structural optimization inspired by micro-organisms at the Southwest ACSA conference in 2009. Following graduation Maria has, among others, collaborated with Jelle Feringa on the development of robotic fabrication technologies for architectural building practice and presented this at Rob|Arch 2012.

Since 2015, she has been working for the internationally renowned design collective, Studio Drift as ‘Director of Development’, leading several teams to realize a wide array of technology driven art installations.

In April 2018, Maria moved to London to focus on cross-disciplinary projects that require collaborations between the art world, research institutions and technology companies. Alongside to her main career path, she kept on developing her own idea’s, proposals and works, including pieces of bespoke interior elements, and public art & light installations.

Recently she started her studio Dreams Work in London driven by her passion to create spatial installations and experiences that strongly relate to architecture, public space and the use of color and light. In the upcoming years she aims to collaborate with a wide array of experts and involved parties to create bold and impactful projects.