Maria is an architect and urban planner with work experiences encompassing practice and research across government, private and community sector settings. She has completed her Bachelor of Architecture from BRAC University in 2013 and her Graduate Diploma in Urban Planning and Environment from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) in 2016. She was awarded the EMMA-WEST 2013 scholarship for an Undergraduate of 6 months at
the University of Évora, Portugal, financed by the European Commission within the framework of the “Erasmus Mundus Programme, Action 2”. Her 4th year Urban design student project was displayed at the opening of The World Bank Symposium “Rethinking Cities: Framing the Future” in 2012. Her research focuses on urban change, urban planning, environmental sustainability, Urban Heat Island (UHI) and holds a keen interest on the use of social practices as a design tool for developing strategies and policies in planning.