Maruja Torres-Antonini holds an architecture degree from Universidad Simón Bolívar in Caracas; an M.Arch. from the University of California at Berkeley; and an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Design, Construction, and Planning from the University of Florida, conducted under a Fulbright Fellowship. A published scholar and award-winning educator, she has taught in architecture, interior design and sustainability programs in nationally ranked programs at Iowa State University, the University of Florida, as well as in Venezuela. At present she is Visiting Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies for the Department of Interior Architecture at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Maruja has a comprehensive background as reflected in her teaching, research and external activities. Her current focus of interest encompasses sustainable design and construction practices; design and sustainability education; and educational standards compliance. Maruja is a LEED BD+C accredited professional and was a faculty advisor for the University of Florida’s entries in the 2010 Solar Decathlon Europe and 2011 Solar Decathlon international student competitions. She serves on the Green Advantage International Standards Certification Board, where she also contributes to developing standards for their suite of construction personnel certifications.