Maria Alejandra Linares Trelles is a DC and New York-based architect and professor of architecture and interior design. She works across design, research, writing, and curation, exploring the sociopolitical forces shaping the built environment. With a particular interest in
visual representation, she examines the networks and relationships between different actors and institutions that negotiate and materially transform space. Her recent research pays special attention to the friction between indigenous spatial epistemologies and the colonial occupation of territories in Peru. As a designer an educator, she has worked at multiple institutions and design firms in the US, Peru, and Chile. In 2016, she was appointed one of the leading architects to design the new Visitor Center for Machu Picchu archeological site.

She has taught studios and seminars at The New School, Pratt Institute, Columbia University, Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru - PUCP, and Universidad Andres Bello. She has worked as a designer and researcher at Andrés Jaque / Office for Political Innovation, the Buell Center, studio Llonazamora, and the Archivo de Arquitectura PUCP. Her work and writing have been featured in The Avery Review, Planur-e magazine, Tropical Papers, and the 2021 Venice Biennale’s Expansions. She holds a degree in Architecture from PUCP and an MS. In Critical, Curatorial, and Conceptual Practices in Architecture from Columbia University - GSAPP.