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 with her thesis The Street as a Project: The Space of the City and the Construction of the Modern Subject. In this thesis Giudici studied the way in which public space and infrastructure has been strategised in the modern European city as a way to construct the ideal citizen of a mature nation-state. The ‘space between buildings’, the void that makes the city a shared domain, has been therefore her main object of inquiry for the first part of her academic career together with a broader investigation of what she terms the Natural City, or the post-political city. In the last few years, this same interest towards the project of subjectivity has shifted on the scale of architecture proper, first with research on the architecture of sacred spaces (Rituals and Walls, co-edited with P. V. Aureli and published in 2016 by AA Press) and later with Giudici’s current interest in housing.
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.
Maria is currently writing and lecturing on the Home Front as the place where reproductive labour is choreographed and, at the same time, hidden by the rhetoric of domesticity. As such, her recent work has been mainly concentrated on issues of gender and typological development. Maria considers the three scales as intimately interconnected and while the latest developments can be formulated as a feminist critique of architecture, she see this critique as part of a broader investigation into the relationship between architecture and its political instrumentality in constructing specific forms of life.
Her current work is centred on the relationship between housing types and the politics of reproductive labour.