Maigret Arquero design Studio
MAde Studio, LLC (Maigret Arquero design Studio) is a research-based design practice focused on the development of environmentally and culturally sound architecture and urban design practices. MAde was initiated as a trans-disciplinary, collaborative practice that offers expertise in architecture, landscape architecture, urban design and urban planning. MAde has garnered recognition with an ACSA Faculty Design Award (Liquid Planning Detroit) for the development of design proposals that contribute to innovations in green infrastructure in Detroit and three AIA Michigan Design Awards for Liquid Planning Detroit (2014), A Dozen Playgrounds (2013)and Eastside Recreation Center (2013). In 2014, MAde Studio was invited to speak as the Michael Owen Jones Memorial Lecturers at the University of Virginia that coincided with the Intention and Improvisation Symposium, a day long symposium bringing together architects, researchers, and practitioners studying four aspects of contemporary practice and the role of architectural improvisation.
Jen Maigret’s education and professional experience within the field of biology and architecture that inform her approach to designing architecture as a component of broader environmental and cultural systems. Her design interests engage the generative potential of complex, environmental systems related to the material, cultural and formal expression of architecture. Maigret is a licensed architect in the State of Michigan and holds a Master of Architecture from the University of Michigan, a Master of Science in Ecology, Evolutionary and Organismal Biology from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Art in Biology from Hartwick College. Maigret currently holds a position as an Assistant Professor of Architecture at Taubman College at the University of Michigan where she teaches design studios, construction and co-teaches an interdisciplinary seminar that bridges GIS, digital modeling and visualization techniques toward new models of architectural and regional planning practices that foster relationships between environmental processes and the design of the built environment.
Maria Arquero de Alarcón brings to this partnership her experience in professional practice both through interdisciplinary collaborations and as an independent consultant in international settings in Europe, Asia, the Americas, and the Middle East. Her expertise focuses on the role of visual representation as a mode of inquiry and spatial thinking, a platform to enable design synthesis across geographies, scales and disciplinary cultures. Arquero de Alarcón holds degrees in Architecture, from the E.T.S.A.M., Polytechnic University, a Master of Advanced Studies in Landscape Architecture from the E.T.H. Zurich, and a Master of Landscape Architecture in Urban Design from the G.S.D., Harvard University. Arquero de Alarcón is currently an Assistant Professor in Architecture and Urban Planning and Design at Taubman College, the University of Michigan. She has been a visiting professor in the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, and has taught and lectured at Boston Architectural College, Dalhousie University, GSD Harvard University, Universidad de Talca, Universidad de Alcalá de Henares, and Pontificia Universidad Católica de Rio de Janeiro.