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Maria Diaz #engineeredHERway

Maria Clara Diaz, originally from Colombia, joined WSP in 2013. She is a principal architect who is currently site-based, and acts as a team leader/coordinator between our site teams, architects/designers, contractors and the client.


Maria is the first architect in her family. Interested in building models since childhood, she used to enjoy spending time playing with Lego model options and trying to build her own design. She said, “Growing up I started reading books and magazines about architecture. I remember reading a line that said ‘architecture is a social art and it is capable of changing the way people live’. From then on I knew I wanted to be a part of that important role of creating the future of our communities.”

Maria finds learning different aspects of a project fascinating – how each aspect relates to others and how everything takes shape as the project finishes. She said, “I see myself as pragmatic more than artistic, I guess this is why I feel comfortable working for an engineering company.”

Maria is proud to have worked on many projects in the region, she said “Working in the Middle East for over 10 years now gave me the opportunity to work on some of the world’s most iconic projects.”

An advocate of healthy living, Maria spends her weekends doing water sport activities or participating in 10km marathons in and out of Dubai. She said, “I follow a healthy lifestyle and ensure that I have a balanced life between work and home. I believe that to live longer, we need to live healthier. And I try my best to share this passion with other people – I enjoy helping them make healthy choices and improve their daily habits.”

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