Maria Arboleda

Mentor: Dr. Kristen Nelson
College of Design Construction and Planning
"I got involved with research to further explore a topic that has always interested me."


Architecture & Construction Management



Research Interests

  • Biomimetics in Architecture
  • Socialogical Considerations of Urban Design
  • Future of Urban Design & Development

Academic Awards

  • University Scholars Program 2016


  • Architrave
  • Design Construction & Planning Ambassadors
  • American Institute of Architecture Students


  • Sigma Kappa Alz Place Volunteering
  • Salvation Army
  • AneriCorps

Hobbies and Interests

  • Reading
  • Designing Clothes
  • Cooking vegan foods
  • Playing with my dog

Research Description

Biomimetic Design of Building Envelopes in Florida
I will analyze some of the most prominent and enduring species' epidermis and bilogical makeup in the state of Florida. This research will drive the design of a series of skin building system that will be specifically meant to react similarly to the skin system of the species' in question. This will be done in an effort to promote the idea of designing with natural context and utilizing that natural context to promote long term, efficient design.