Mariana Popescu is an architect with a strong interest in innovative ways of approaching the fabrication process and use of materials. She has received her Masters degree in architecture from Delft University of Technology in 2013, specializing in non-standard and interactive architecture within the research group Hyperbody. After graduating she was part of the start-up Hive Systems, a platform enabling designers and architects to quickly conceptualize, visualize and build complex interactive environments using distributed algorithms. From early 2013 onwards she has been working at Zwarts & Jansma Architects in Amsterdam as parametric design specialist. From 2008 to 2010 she was part of the interdisciplinary Nuon Solar Team, building and racing a solar car across the Australian Outback, and as a member of the ReVolt House team, during 2011 and 2012 she designed a fully self-sustaining house. In June 2015 Mariana Popescu joined the NCCR Digital Fabrication as a PhD researcher.