Inspiring the Legal Profession through Innovation and Creativity
An interview with
Maria Aiolova (GSD '02),
Educator, Inventor, Architect, Urban Designer, and Community Builder
Venera Ziegler '00
Counsel at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
Opening remarks by
Salvo Arena '00
President, HLS Association of New York City
Partner, Chiomenti Studio Legale, L.L.C.
Renowned for her interdisciplinary work focused on cities of the future and sustainable ecological design, Maria Aiolova is the co-founder of Terreform ONE, a not-for-profit organization focused on finding unique solutions for global sustainability, self-sufficiency and productivity. Terreform ONE’s work includes creating a biodegradable, waste-free seat which grows in just seven days from living materials found in mushrooms; a plug-in urban farm pod (a “living” cabin for people to grow and provide for their daily vegetable needs, and which is expected to be released on the market this year); a cricket shelter farm, which provides not only shelter, but also a source of sustenance that could endure climate change and natural disasters.
Maria is an inventor who holds 18 technology patents. She has lectured in numerous prestigious universities and has won several prestigious awards, including AIA New York Urban Design Merit Award, 1st Place International Architecture Award, Victor Papanek Social Design Award, Zumtobel Group Award for Sustainability and Humanity and the Build Boston Award. Her work was an official selection at the Venice Biennale and has been exhibited at the MoMA, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the New Institute (NAI) in Rotterdam. Maria’s design work has been published in multiple edited volumes, journals, book chapters and periodicals.