issue #35: Integration
The architect Marta Maccaglia, who has been living in Peru since 2011 where she realises collaborative architecture projects in the field of education, wins the 2023 edition of the Diversity in Architecture DIVIA Award: an award that aims to promote the visibility of women in the field of architecture. Welcome to Caleido, the Kaleidoscopic Observatory on the world of creativity / Read the Editor’s letter here.
1. How did this project come about?
I first came to the Peruvian jungle as part of a cultural exchange programme, as soon as I finished university. Initially, I wanted to work as a teacher. However, upon my arrival, I found a kindergarten in rather dilapidated conditions. Ready to face the challenge, I decided to stay for a different purpose: to rebuild the building with a local NGO. I then founded the non-profit organisation Semillas (which means ‘seeds’ in Spanish) to promote access to education and public infrastructure in places where this is by no means a given.
2. What is the relationship between architecture and education?
For me, education is the most important tool to achieve freedom. If we want a better society, we need an educated population. Architecture can make a real difference here: architecture has a social function.