Principal Architect & Founder,
SEGMENTO URBANO | MELOM
Maria Correia finished high school and entered FAUP – Oporto University Faculty of architecture, soon leaving the traditional Portugal for the UK, aiming to internationalize her academic and architectural path. Entered the Faculty of Architecture/ School of the Built Environment in University of Westminster, where she graduated with distinction in 2003. In 2001, she had the opportunity to take part in an Exchange program at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) in Australia, developing her interest in theory of architecture, sustainability and site adapted architecture, in a non-European environment. She started her professional activity back in London, in Donald Insall Associates, under the support of Sir Donald Insall and Phd. Arch. Iona Gibson. Back in Portugal, she developed projects in collaboration with numerous architecture studios, both in Porto and Lisbon while writing her Masters Thesis entitled ‘the role of new technologies in creating a new paradigm of urbanity”, with Cristina Caramelo Gomes, Associate Professor of Digital Technologies - Faculty of Architecture and Arts from Lusíada University of Lisbon, as a tutor. In 2006 she founded the practice Segmento Urbano, with offices in Portugal and Angola and several projects developed in both countries, including the community School C-SPOT and the Building Metamorphosis. Highly interested in the role of the architect within the society, construction and collaborative/inclusive design, the practice is now part of the Melom Group, having the opportunity to lead design and build tenders, from the first line to client satisfaction, amplifying the role of the architect within the society. The team has recently been awarded with the prize ‘Best of the Year 2019’ and created, with a very strong social mission, the first civil construction academy – trainee center, in Portugal, in order to qualify, train and empower, the workers that make architecture possible.