María Bellalta, ASLA, is dean and faculty, School of Landscape Architecture, Boston Architectural College (BAC) where she directs the Master and Bachelor of landscape architecture programs. She teaches design theory and practice, and interdisciplinary studios on social urbanism. Her recent publication, Social Urbanism: Reframing Spatial Design – Discourses from Latin America examines rapidly developing cities in Latin America.
She engages in academic collaborations with Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana (UPB) in Colombia, and Centro Metropolitano de Arquitectura Sustentable (C+) in México City; she is a visiting critic at Harvard University, GSD. Maria has lectured through ASLA, BSLA, AIA, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Universidad de Guanajuato, Mexico, among others.
She has held positions with Martha Schwartz Partners, Sasaki Associates, and Copley Wolff Design Group, offering over twenty years of professional experience. She has worked on visionary projects regionally and internationally, including Jacob Javits Plaza, NYC, receiving an ASLA Honor Award; and the Minneapolis Federal Courthouse, earning a Citation for Design Excellence, GSA. With Copley Wolff Design Group, María gained in depth-knowledge of the City of Boston; she worked on the Artery/Tunnel Project and the vitalization of the Rose Kennedy Greenway, an urban design and landscape architecture project costing $22 billion at completion.
María has chaired ASLA’s Committee on Education (COE), 2018-2020, and has been a member of the COE since 2014, supporting the Board of Trustees goals and its Annual Operating Plan. She has collaborated with colleagues through ASLA’s Diversity Summit, LAAB, CELA, LAF and CLARB, alongside academic program chairs and professional principles in landscape architecture firms, providing input on issues impacting landscape architecture education. At the BAC, María serves on the Academic Leadership Group and the President’s Council for Social Justice.
María received her MLA from Harvard University, Graduate School of Design, with prior studies in environmental psychology from the University of Notre Dame.