Maria Paz Gutierrez is an architect and researcher focused on nature and multifunctional material systems design to address today’s key environmental and socioeconomic challenges. In 2008, she founded BIOMS, an interdisciplinary research initiative at the intersection of architecture and science that strives to integrate principles of design and biophysics from the nanoscale to the scale of buildings. Her work explores ways to expand resource supplies for construction by examining the potential biophysical and cultural links between functional materials such as natural and agricultural waste via multiscale additive manufacturing and design, such as 3D printing.
She has received research grants from organizations such as the National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency in sustainable building systems innovation. She has published widely and has exhibited in venues such as the Field Museum in Chicago. Recent awards include the prestigious 2010 Emerging Frontiers of Research Innovation by the National Science Foundation and being named a semifinalist for the 2014 Buckminster Fuller Award. Gutierrez is a Fulbright Nexus Scholar and was appointed by the U.S. Department of State to be a senior fellow of the Energy-Climate Partnership of the Americas from 2011 to 2016. She has two provisional patents and a forthcoming book, Regeneration Wall (Routledge Press).