Maria Vera van Embden Andres

(M.Arch/Msc) Creative Engineer & Producer


Maria works mostly on projects where art & technology come together. As an engineer, artist and producer, she is an expert in converting abstract concepts, dreams & visions into physical reality. She works for private clients, artists, developers and institutions to help develop complex art installations for buildings, events and cities all over the world.

For each unique project, she works closely with her client and a vast network of suppliers, engineers and experts to make sure everything comes together in a beautiful, effective and sustainable way.

She delivers:

  • Creative consultancy
  • Technical consultancy
  • Concept, proposals & design
  • Technical project management
  • Prototyping & technical development
  • Production and production management
  • Health and safety assessments
  • Installation & maintenance management

More about Maria

In 2012 Maria Vera graduated with a dual master degree in Architecture and Building Technology at University of Technology in Delft. During her studies she published and presented two research papers on structural optimisation inspired by natural growth patterns at the Southwest ACSA conference in 2009. She finished three postgraduate design courses at SCI-Arc Los Angeles, taught by leading artists and architects Elena Manferdini, Andy Ku and Jean-Pierre Herbert.

Following graduation Maria has, among others, collaborated with Jelle Feringa on the development of robotic fabrication technologies for architectural building practice. They developed and produced a pavilion showcasing freeform robotic concrete casting for the building industry and presented this at Rob|Arch 2012.

In 2013 she started her own design studio “Maria Vera Design & Engineering” focusing on allround freelance projects, design, development & production of privately commissioned bespoke furniture designs.

Since 2015, she has joined forces with the internationally renowned design collective, Studio Drift, driven by the urge to solve problems in the most beautiful way possible. Starting as a freelancer in 2015 she grew into her role as Director of Development, leading several teams to develop and build 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 her main career path, she kept on developing her own ideas, work and proposals, relating to public art & interactive installations.

Since 2020 she started creating, developing and producing interactive artworks called Light Fields from her Light Lab in London and combines this work with consultancy and project based collaborations worldwide.

London, Nov 2021