Maria Vollas is an architectural and landscape designer and researcher, originally from Greece. She holds a Master in Landscape Architecture and a Master in Design Studies (concentrating in Urbanism, Landscape and Ecology) from Harvard University Graduate School of Design and a Bachelor of Architecture from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She recently served as a studio instructor for the virtual and in-person Design Discovery programs at the GSD. She has previously worked as a research assistant at the Critical Landscapes lab, served as a curatorial fellow at Cooper Hewitt and worked as an architectural designer in Greece and Boston. Her research is centered on representations of the Anthropocene, tracing as part of her MLA thesis ancient human/earthy histories imprinted in the subterranean ground layers of Athens.