Graham Sustainability Institute

María Arquero de Alarcón

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Associate Professor of Architecture and Urbanism
Director, Master of Urban Design
  • Arch. and U.P. (Taubman)
    • Architecture
    • Urban and Regional Planning
    • Urban Design

María Arquero de Alarcón is an Associate Professor of Architecture and Urban and Regional Planning and Director of the Master of Urban Design at the University of Michigan Taubman College. Operating at the intersection of architecture, landscape, and urbanism, her work integrates design strategies promoting cultural and environmental values in the urban sustainability agenda. María leads MAde Studio, a research-based, collaborative design practice. Through a combination of grant-funded research initiatives, urban design experimentation, and site-specific built interventions, MAde Studio’s work advances design approaches integrating the knowledge co-generated with local partners and collaborators.

Her work is published in the edited volumes The Third Coast Atlas: Prelude to a Plan of the Great Lakes Region and Mapping Detroit: Land, Community, and Shaping a City; Sustainability; Michigan Journal of Sustainability; Architect Magazine’s “Next Progressives;” PLOT; Green and Building Design; International Journal of Transportation; Journal of Transportation Planning and Technology and UHF. The work has also been exhibited in the 2017 Shenzhen-Hong Kong Bi-City Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism, the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, the University of Tennessee, the University of Minnesota and the University of Michigan. María holds an Architecture professional degree (Madrid Polytechnic University), a master of Advanced Studies in Landscape Architecture (E.T.H. Zurich), and a master of Landscape Architecture in Urban Design (Harvard University).

Current sustainability courses taught

UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

My work contributes directly toward solving the United Nations SDGs listed below. Learn more.

No PovertyClean Water and SanitationIndustry, Innovation and InfrastructureSustainable Cities and CommunitiesLife on LandPeace, Justice and Strong InstitutionsPartnerships for the Goals


The affiliations listed below show engagement with the Graham Sustainability Institute.

  • Climate Center
    • Event Participant
  • Education Programs
    • Dow Programs
      • Distinguished Awards
        • Seed Grantee
      • Distinguished Faculty Fellow
    • Event Participant
    • Reviewer
  • Emerging Opportunities
    • Catalyst Grants
      • Reviewer
    • Event Participant
    • Fast Track Grants
      • Team Member
    • Integrated Assessments
      • Detroit Sustainability Indicators IA
        • Team Member
      • Focus: HOPE IA
        • Team Member
  • General
    • Event Participant
  • Water Center
    • Freshwater
      • GL Large Grants
        • Grant Recipient
    • Event Participant
      • WC Lunches