Maria-Elena is a thoughtful and expressive designer who brings a variety of skills to the Cloud Gehshan team. For her senior thesis, she explored the participatory design process with children which helped her gain a deeper understanding of how to work with users to understand their wants and needs. She is passionate about the design process, collaborative design, and conceptualization.
Maria-Elena graduated from the University of the Arts with honors with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design. Her time in the ID program led her to be nominated for a IDSA Student Merit Award. She participated in a comprehensive design program in Vienna, Austria comprised of workshops, tours and visits to a wide range of architecture, industrial and graphic design studios. She also met with musicians, fine artists and craftsmen which allowed her to gain a new perspective on European culture, urban space and design.