Maria's research focuses on the construction of modern subjectivity. Maria is the founder of publishing and educational platform Black Square. Maria earned her PhD from Delft University in 2014; her thesis The Street as a Project: The Space of the City and the Construction of the Modern Subject is a critique of the contemporary idea of public space and an attempt to rethink the ‘void between the buildings’ as the object of political and architectural intentions. Between 2005 and 2011 Maria collaborated with offices BAU Bucharest, Donis, and Dogma, specialising in large-scale urban developments and mass housing projects. In 2011 Maria joined Pier Vittorio Aureli as Studio Master of Diploma Unit 14 at the Architectural Association. Maria is also the founder of publishing and educational platform Black Square.