Maria Sieira was born in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, where she still teaches architecture in the summer program Compostela Architecture. She moved to the United States at age 14 and currently lives in New York City. She teaches in the graduate architecture program at Pratt Institute, where she coordinated the housing studio for the past ten years. She also taught at the University of Missouri, Columbia, and worked in the office of Peter Eisenman Architects (on the Cidade da Cultura project). Ms. Sieira studied both architecture and theater as an undergraduate at Yale University, a pursuit that led to an interest in “architecture narratives.” She developed and taught a seminar on film and architecture (architects making space with moving images), with which she further explored this theme of architecture narratives. She has a Master of Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania and is a registered architect in New York State.