Anna Maria Orru has over 13 years of experience working as a sustainable architect and researcher both in the UK, USA, Sweden and abroad. The foundation of her work is deeply embedded in curating research (R&D), biomimicry, and natural system design, thus providing an innovative approach in the field of sustainable design, art, urbanism and architecture. She believes that nature provides imaginative and creative solutions to the complex issues we are currently grappling within the built environment.
She behaves as a connective tissue, working in the interstitial spaces between disciplines by bringing a variety of diverse disciplines and talents to the table to tackle issues around climate change more creatively; be it through artistic interventions, sensory design or experience design. Currently, she is involved on projects, both research and practice, dealing with food and its relationship to the city. She works on these projects also in collaboration with FoAM, a trans-disciplinary lab situated in Brussels BE, and played an instrumental role in the setup of their Nordic team in 2010 with the initiation of FoAM-Nordica. She has taught in both design and architecture institutions across Sweden. Currently, she will be a PHD Candidate at Chalmers – Department of architecture, to continue research in her fields of interests primarily in Food, architecture, urbanism and ecological well-being.