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Maria Bermudez

Q: Where are you from?

I’m from San Jose, Costa Rica.

Q: Where did you go to school?

I graduated from the architecture school of the Hispano-American University of Costa Rica.

Q: Tell me about your family.

We are a family of 5. My parents met when they were 18 years old, and they have been together ever since then. I have two younger brothers - I’m the first child and the only girl. All my family lives in Costa Rica, but we visit each other as much we can.

Q: What is the most interesting aspect of architecture to you?

Architecture is so versatile; we have the opportunity to explore design in so many ways. Each project reflects a careful selection of colors, textures, and sensations that changes people’s lives through space.

Q: What makes our office unique?

Definitely the team. I love being part of such a diverse and collaborative group of designers.

Q: What is the last show you binge watched?

Dark, The OA, and Money Heist.

Q: Did you pick up any new hobbies during quarantine?

I baked a lot during quarantine. I tried all kinds of pastry recipes. I started to mediate and recently joined a Pilates class.

Q: What kinds of projects do you most enjoy working on?

I believe every project has something special, but I find myself more inclined to work on projects that challenge me to learn something new.

Q: What are five features you would include in your dream home?

1. Floor to ceiling windows to enjoy natural light and ventilation. 2. Big kitchen island to gather friends and family while cooking. 3. Open concept living room and dining with a fireplace for the cold days of winter. 4. Spacious bathroom with a free-standing bathtub and outdoor shower. 5. Little garden or backyard to plant herbs and flowers.

Q: Where are you most excited to travel next?

I would love to visit Japan and explore the traditional and contemporary architecture.

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