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Maria Fullaondo is an architect, PhD. in Architecture and a Senior Lecturer at Monash University (MADA) since 2015. Before her arrival to Australia, she held the position of Associate Professor at Xi'an Jiantong-Liverpool University in China. She has extensive experience in architecture education within the university context. Her academic career started in Spain in 2000 where she was an Associate Professor and the head of the Department of Graphic Expression at the School of Architecture of the Universidad Europea de Madrid for nearly fifteen years. She has held different positions in several countries and contributed to architectural education in various ways. She was a member of the Academic Commission for the Curriculum of the new Bachelor's Degree in Architecture and Design in the Frame of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA). She has been invited to workshops, lectures and critiques at various universities and Schools in Spain, Italy, South Korea, United Sates and China.

Her research has guided her professional activity always attempting to combine an academic and educational approach to the practice of architecture. She understands architecture as a cultural discipline, as a process of thinking and creation and as an interdisciplinary and integrated design activity that involves many fields of knowledge. Her Ph.D. thesis (2004), The Development of Modern Architecture through the Exhibitions of Architecture of the MOMA of New York, was awarded the first Prize in the most prestigious award in Spain regarding Ph.D. Architectural Thesis (2007). The result of this award was the publication in 2011 of the book: Houses in the MoMA's Garden, The consolidation of a Museum. She is also the author of several books on the processes of design and creation, the intersections between architecture, design and art and architecture language. Her last publication with Ciro Marquez and six other contributors, The Drawing Bazaar (2015) provides a new and contemporary perspective on the meaning and scope of the term drawing for the creation and communication processes.

Fullaondo's academic career has been complemented with professional practice since 1994 when she joined IN-FACT Architecture S.L.P with Diego Fullaondo, Ignacio Rodriguez Urgel and Luis de la Cuadra, a multidisciplinary architecture office dedicated to professional work and design research. She has designed, directed, built and developed several projects of all scales and uses, from Master Planning to Interior Design, from Cultural Equipment to Housing. The office has developed over 120 professional projects and has been in charge of the construction of more than 75 buildings, urban plans and landscape actions. They have won several design competitions and their works have been published and included in different international media. Fullaondo has combined her practice with the production of graphic art, graphic design, books, visual communication, and data visualisation.

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Research Output 2010 2018

Associative Agnosia

Fullaondo, M., Khor, L-A., Fullaondo, D. & Marquez, C., 2018

Research output: Non-textual formCommissioned or Visual ArtworkResearch

The Garden of Earthly Delights: A Social Condenser of Contemporary Pleasures in Pedagogical Design Strategies

Fullaondo, M. & Gauci-Seddon, J., 12 Mar 2018, In : Journal of Architectural Education. 72, 1, p. 105-119 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Graphical division. I’ve seen this car before!

Fullaondo, M. D. L. P., 2017, I.P. INFORMANIMATION 2013: Research, Education and Design Experiences. Ceccarelli, N. (ed.). Milan: Franco Angeli, p. 47-69 23 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Researchpeer-review

The Drawing Bazaar

Fullaondo, M. D. L. P. & Marquez Salmeron, C., 2015, Madrid Spain: Universidad Europea de Madrid. 227 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review

Dynamic variables in drawing

Fullaondo, M., 2014, I.P. Informanimation 2012: Research, Education, and Design Experiences. Ceccarelli, N. & Turri, C. (eds.). Milan, Italy: Franco Angeli, p. 12-23 10 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Researchpeer-review


Monash Art Design & Architecture Teaching Excellence Award

Eduardo Kairuz (Recipient) & María Fullaondo (Recipient), 19 Dec 2018

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Sixth Arquitesis Biennial Competition of Architecture Theses

Maria Fullaondo (Recipient), 2008

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)