She enjoys finding commonalities and inspiration in the realms of architecture and art. In her own time, you can find Mariela working on her art projects and engaging in the cultural activities of San Francisco.
Mariela began her architectural journey in Valparaiso, Chile, where she was born, raised and attended university. After working for several years in Chile, she moved to New Orleans, where she received her Master of Architecture from Tulane University. After graduating, she spent an additional seven years there working on civic, educational and community projects to help the city recover from Hurricane Katrina.