I am an Architect trained in A Coruña (Spain) and Stuttgart (Germany) who has worked in London since 2011. I am interested in the mutual relationship between context and architecture and think buildings and public realm should be carefully designed to enhance their environment and benefit the lives of the people who experience them. I believe in the importance of involving the end user, as both participant and accomplice in the design process and understand making as an engagement and empowering tool.

In October 2016 I received a full 3 year scholarship to pursue a PhD by Practice within the department of Architecture of Rapid Change and Scarce Resources (ARCSR) at London Metropolitan University, entitled “Re-growing the Kathmandu Valley: social change through edible landscapes”. The research question is: could the physical and institutional topography of the Kathmandu Valley (Nepal) be adapted and transformed to include more productive urban landscapes within its current physical and cultural topography and thereby contribute to the making of the city?

In addition, I am Studio Tutor for BA (Hons) Architecture at Newcastle University.

Previously, I have worked for Manalo & White Architects, muf architecture / art and Ash Sakula Architects.

I enjoy drawing, making, engaging others in the process, teaching and producing tender and construction packages. Please get in touch at amararoca@gmail.com for freelance commisions and collaborations.