María José Araya

María José Araya


Maria is architect and graduated in Ergonomics (2006) and in University Teaching (2014) by the University of Santiago de Chile. She also holds a Master in Design for the Industrial product development by the Polytechnic of Milan, Italy (2012).

Currently, she´s developing her PhD in Architecture in co-tutelage between the International University of Catalonia and Elisava. Her main research areas are ergonomics and cognitive processes in different built environments and their phenomenological systems, the inclusive design and the biology of the observation in design processes. The above contribute to human being well-being, from research in design to their application. In 2006, simultaneously with her professional development as partner architect of the "Factos, Architecture and Design" study, she began her academic career teaching at the Industrial Design degree of the Universidad Diego Portales (Chile) and at the School of Architecture of the University of Santiago de Chile. 

She is currently an academic and researcher in the Technology in Industrial Design and Architecture Degree of the University of Santiago de Chile and Associate Researcher at Elisava Research. Maria participates and leads different entrepreneurship and innovation projects, to strength the ecosystems of knowledge and innovation between the arts and crafts, the University and the creative industries.The subjects of her main publications are “Perception and emotion in the built environment”, “Aging and domestic environment” and “Forms and spaces for learning”, and also about “Creative Industries”.  During her undergraduate and master studies, she gathered several academic excellence awards and the Honour Diploma of her Architecture year. She has obtained different scholarships, public and private, that have given continuity to her development as researcher and teacher. Finally, it is worth mentioning the varied collaborations with Chilean and Italian architecture studios and their continued performance as a freelancer.