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Innovate. Design. Build.


our Mission

[MC] Studios has in its core mission the expansion of the Architect's role to the future of design in Architecture and to the future of tech in Architectural Design. Built from a unique professional experience in these two different fields - architecture and tech - this team of Architects has the knowledge, the experience and the skills to build large scale structures in physical sites and the know-how to design and team-build for immersive digital spaces -  inevitably the future of our digital arena.

The Architecture of the future is wanted fluid, organic and adapted to us, the most organic of beings, the process and workflow is wanted Parametric and optimised, naturally powered by high-end, AI,  computational tools.

''The future of Architecture undoubtedly relies on the future of spatial computing. For either physical structures or immersive open worlds, the technological driving force lies in the balance between digitally crafted spaces and automated spatial design through AI. In contemporary times it comes as no surprise that the Architect is one of the few professionals with the sole ability to run them all: digital and physical, crafted and automated.

[MC] Studios aims to lead contemporary architecture by example.''

- Mariana Cabugueira on [MC] Studios 2023 UH Studio Architecture Podcast

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our Founder

MARIANA CABUGUEIRA is the Architect Director, Award Winner and Founder of [MC] Studios the Architecture and Design Studio with an hybrid pratice for physical built Architecture and Real-Time Rendered Open World Design (metaverse).


Mariana holds a Master's in Architecture and Urbanism from Lisbon's FAL School and the Politecnico di Milano, alongside a Master's in Architectural Design Research from Architectural Association - DRL in London, cementing her as an Architectural Designer.


As a Senior Architect at Zaha Hadid Architects, for over 5 years Mariana contributed to the design of iconic projects like the Navi Mumbai Airport and the Tower C in Shenzhen. In 2022, she was the Leader and Art Director of the Architecture Department at Wilder World - an international web3 company - designing  and urban plannig the metaverse City, Wiami. ​


Founded Mariana Cabugueira Studios in 2022, she's driving evolution in architecture and digital design by launching the architect as the main actor to design and build the multi-levelled social arenas in both physical and digital sites. [MC] Studios was created to bridge the physical and the digital in the architecture practice, particularly within the rapidly emerging of virtual reality in the Cognitive Health Industry.


Mariana is also an Academic teacher, Head Tutor, and Research Studio Director of the Design Research Studio ArchiMetaverse Pro. With a global impact as an influential speaker worldwide Mariana has won the Digital Futures Award in 2023.

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Mariana Cabugueira Custodio dos Santos

2018 - 2023 CV

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