Mariana Popescu is an architect with a strong interest in innovative ways of approaching the fabrication process and use of materials. She has received Bachelors and Masters degrees in architecture from Delft University of Technology, specializing in non-standard and interactive architecture within Hyperbody.
After graduating she was part of a start-up, Hive Systems, developing a platform enabling designers and architects to quickly conceptualize, visualize and build complex interactive environments using distributed algorithms. From early 2013 onwards she has been working at Zwarts and Jansma Architects in Amsterdam as a parametric design specialist.
From 2008 to 2010 she was part of the Nuon Solar Team, a multidisciplinary team designing, building and racing a solar car across the Australian Outback and part of the ReVolt House team, which built a fully self-sustaining house during 2011 and 2012.
Since June 2015, Mariana is a PhD researcher at the Block Research Group, part of the NCCR Digital Fabrication.
Mariana Popescu successfully defending her PhD dissertation on "KnitCrete: Stay-in-place knitted fabric formwork for complex concrete structures" on June 4, 2019. Additionally, her thesis committee, consisting of Prof. Dr. Chokri Cherif of TU Dresden, Prof. Dr. Jan Knippers of University of Stuttgart and Prof. Block, nominated her for an ETH Medal for outstanding thesis!
In 2019, Mariana has been named to MIT Technology Review’s prestigious annual list of Innovators Under 35 as a Pioneer.