Maria Nicanor is an architecture curator and architectural historian with an interest in the ways that cities and people interact through the lens of design. She is currently the Executive Director of the Rice Design Alliance. Formerly, she was the inaugural Director of the Norman Foster Foundation in Madrid. Maria has been a Curator at the Design, Architecture, and Digital Department of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and between 2006 and 2014 was the Associate Curator of Architecture and Urbanism at the Guggenheim Museum in New York, where she was also a Curator of the BMW Guggenheim Lab project. At the Guggenheim she curated and worked on several contemporary art, architecture, and design exhibitions and publication projects, including Participatory City,  Frank Lloyd Wright: From Within Outward, and Contemplating the Void: Interventions in the Guggenheim Museum, among others. Maria was part of the team leading the international architecture competition for the Guggenheim Museum in Helsinki, Finland, and continues to work and consult with organizations and city governments on the development and good practice of architecture competitions worldwide. Maria holds a BA in Art and Architectural History and Theory from the Autónoma University of Madrid and Sorbonne University Paris, and an MA in Museum and Curatorial Studies from New York University.