Global engineering, management and development consultancy Mott MacDonald has appointed Maria Mingallon as technical director for its advanced computational design practice (ACD) in Australia and New Zealand.

A specialist in parametric design, advanced computation and digital fabrication of complex geometry structures, Mingallon holds degrees in both engineering and architecture, with a Masters in emergent technologies and design from the Architectural Association in London.

Maria spent over 12 years at Arup in the UK and Canada. She has also lectured extensively at world renowned institutions, including Georgia Tech, Arizona State, Carleton and McGill universities.

In 2015, Mingallon received the Visionary Prize as part of the 13th edition of the 'Grands Prix de génie-conseil québecois' from the Québec Association of Consulting Engineers. She was also awarded the 'Gerald Sheff Visiting Professorship in Architecture' in 2011 for outstanding part-time teaching at McGill University School of Architecture in Montreal.

Commenting on her appointment, Mingallon says that she is“…thrilled to join at such an exciting time where companies like Mott MacDonald are exploring the latest technology and digital tools to find more innovative and efficient solutions for our clients. By using these, not only can we boost productivity and creativity, we can also break the boundaries of the status quo and the resistance to push for new ideas in the built environment.”

Shaun Barrett, Mott MacDonald’s managing director for New Zealand, added: “We’re excited to have Maria join us as she is known as one of the best in her field. With her international experience and her explorative and innovative nature, we’re really looking forward to working with her and benefiting from her insight.”

“She is a fantastic addition to our regional team, as well as our global technical capability,” says Barrett.