Maria Tanasescu

Working mainly on the early stages of SCABAL’s residential, public and educational projects, but with a hand in all we do, Maria contributes to project research, digital and physical modelling, visual presentations and planning documents.

The first few projects she worked on, all to be new-build countryside homes, ranging from a single dwelling to a hamlet, introduced Maria to the world of planning and its formalities, and to the need for continued collaboration with different experts along the great learning journey to design spaces with their future inhabitants in mind.

Most recently, Maria has created a series of digital models and visualisations to support the design of a new extension at the BRIT School, south London. This work is central to the project’s continued development at both macro and micro scales, helping SCABAL and the school to navigate the sensitive tangling of two new much-needed dance studios and their services into the existing 1930’s fabric of a one-time gym block, with Maria learning much about the social and technical intricacies of building along the way.

Amongst her other responsibilities she currently leads on our Sai Baba Temple project, a Hindu temple to be made from sea containers in Milton Keynes, as its second planning application stage takes shape. Working together with Dominic Cullinan, consultants and clients, she began by re-formatting application documents and making design developments in response to the planning officer’s commentary. And, alongside Zuzana, she also participates in the design dialogue and drawing of the proposed 6th Form Commons project for UCL Academy London, deploying and enhancing the professional and creative discipline gained since joining SCABAL.

Before SCABAL, Maria worked with the design team at the Hippodrome Casino in Leicester Square, London on a venue-mapping wayfinding project and as a freelance architectural assistant, drafting planning applications for small residential projects.

Maria graduated with a BA(Hons) in architecture from the University of Greenwich and joined SCABAL in January 2019 as a Part I Architectural Assistant.