María José Fuentes

María José Fuentes is currently a third-year M. Arch candidate at The Weitzman School of Design at The University of Pennsylvania. Her work acts equitable design strategies, public integration, and the architectural performance of color. She has been featured in numerous online and printed publications such as SuckerPUNCH Daily, Pressing Matters 8, UNDER PRESSURE Urban Housing Publication [2021], and A+D Magazine’s Impact. She has been a member of Penn Women in Design for the last three years and currently holds a PR and Marketing chair position. 

She has spent her more recent months working on her thesis involving colorful and human-centered architectural interventions in West Philadelphia. She has won numerous awards throughout her academic career from her interests in writing, mentorship, and image-making. These include the E. Lewis Dales Traveling Fellowship and the Weitzman School of Design diversity scholarship. Most recently, her work and portfolio were selected by Metropolis Magazine as a Figure100 Competition winner.

María José was born in San Salvador, El Salvador and was raised in Houston, Texas. Currently based in Philadelphia, PA, she dedicates her work to her family, her friends, and her incredibly talented collaborators.

Self Portrait in Langford Architecture Building A / Photo Credit to Emily Majors
College Station, TX

© María José Fuentes
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