About

Maria Gasparian, photo by Agnese Sanvito

Trained as an architect Maria Gasparian graduated from the MA in Ceramic Design course at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London.

Maria worked on a number of high profile mixed-use developments and public spaces in the UK and Russia. Other architectural projects included smaller scale educational, healthcare and residential schemes.

Maria’s multidisciplinary practice combines architecture, art and design with a particular focus on integration of ceramics on architectural scale in buildings and public spaces. The aim is to provide multisensory experiences through tactile and coloured ceramic interventions such as street furniture, decorative surfaces and elements for landscaping and buildings that will create unique, socially inclusive and engaging public spaces.

Maria’s sculptural ceramics are both decorative and functional and are formed using a combination of industrial and craft methods.

The sculptural ceramic bench project, in collaboration with Ibstock Brick, was nominated for a Brick Award 2015 by The Brick Development Association London, for the best project in outdoor category.

Maria was awarded a Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship for 2016 to research manufacturing and applications of architectural ceramics in the USA and Europe in relation to the UK context.

In 2017, she won the ‘Future Lights in Ceramics European Competition’ award and went on to exhibit her work in Frankfurt and Berlin.

Currently, Maria is a doctoral researcher at Central Saint Martins. Her practice-based PhD focuses on the material and aesthetic qualities of architectural ceramics, aiming to contribute to the design of inclusive public spaces.


HONORS AND AWARDS

2018
Winner of the City Bench Competition for the London Festival of Architecture 2018
2017
Ceramics and its Dimension European Competition: Future Lights in Ceramics Winner 2017
2016
Unilever Sustainability Award
2016
Mullen Lowe Nova award for design innovation, Runner up prize
2016
Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship
2015
Nomination for a Brick Award by The Brick Development Association, for the best project in outdoor category

EXHIBITIONS

Forthcoming exhibitions:

15 May to 31 July 2018
Ceramics and its Dimensions. Shaping the Future, National Museum of Slovenia, Ljubljana
Autumn 2018
Ceramics and its Dimensions. Shaping the Future, Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague

Past exhibitions:

25-26 April 2018
Materials for Architecture, ILEC Centre, London
9-13 February 2018
Ambiente, Messe Frankfurt
28 January to 26 April 2018
Ceramics and its Dimensions. Shaping the Future, Bröhan-Museum, Berlin
September 2017
Brain Waves, London Design Festival
May 2017
Wanted, New York Design Festival

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EDUCATION

2017 – to date
Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design,
University of Arts London
Doctoral Research
2014 – 2016
Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design,
University of Arts London
MA Ceramic Design, Distinction
1999
University of Westminster
School of Architecture and Engineering
RIBA Part 3
1995 – 1997
University of Westminster
School of Architecture and Engineering
Diploma in Architecture/ RIBA Part 2
1994
Architectural Association School of Architecture
Program for teachers of Architecture
1986 – 1991
Yerevan State University, Armenia
School of Architecture and Construction
Diploma in Architecture
Languages
English, Russian, Armenian

APPOINTMENTS

2005-2014
Self-employed Architect

Working on residential projects in North-West London, education, healthcare projects and community centres.

1997-2005
Chapman Taylor Architects

Responsible for the concept, detail design and structural coordination of mixed use and retail schemes.

Projects:

  • Cabot Circus, Bristol, UK
  • N1 Centre, Angel, Islington, London, UK
  • Princesshay, Exeter, UK
  • Cheeke street, Exeter, UK
  • Bullring shopping centre, Birmingham, UK
  • West Key Shopping Centre, Southampton, UK
1993-95
Wilson Mason & Partners, UK
Architectural training
1991-93
Department of Architecture and Town planning of the Yerevan Institute of Architecture and Construction
Tutor