Foundation for Future London is part of East Bank, a new £1.1 billion centre of culture, education, innovation and growth being built on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford, east London. Drawing on her passion for genuine communityinclusive, cross-sector development and codesigned public/private space, in this talk Maria shares insights on creating connections and authentic engagements between communities, education, arts and innovation to improve urban places.
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Maria is a placemaking, and urban renewal strategist specializing in place-led prosperity, green spaces, cross-sector collaboration, and community participation. Maria has over twenty-five years of hands-on and strategic expertise in national and international organizations with a major urban place making, environment and sustainable development focus, at executive director and board level.
She’s the Founding Director of the London-based Living Space Project; an urban placemaking think tank and consultancy that works with charitable foundations, government, the social sector, communities, developers and urban place makers in the public and private sectors.
Maria has started a UK Place Making Collective, as a regional network of the International Placemaking Leadership Council, she is an affiliate member of the Royal Institute of British Architects, and the first recipient of the Clore Social Leadership Environment Fellowship. She has recently been invited to join the Town and Country Planning Association’s high-level taskforce Raynsford Review of the English planning system.
She holds a Masters in Law (planning, environment and human rights law) from the University of London, and a first degree in Organisation Studies and Business Law from the University of Lancaster.