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School
Our Lady Of Lourdes Academy, University of Miami, University of California, Irvine
Work
NYU; Urban Imprint; State of Place
Languages
English, Español
Hey, I'm Mariela!
New York, New York, United States · Member since January 2011

Hi! I'm an urban design behavior researcher, professor, and consultant - which means I am fascinated by and love cities. I joke with my students that my class is really about how to do "advanced people-watching!" My job is a lot of fun I guess.
Aside from my job, I am also an avid, passionate cook - have been doing so since I was seven! I have been told that my Cuban black beans are among the best there are. I have dreamt of opening a restaurant for some time, or at least starting an underground supper club...maybe when I'm tired of the "advanced people-watching!" ;)
What else? I grew up in Miami, yes, I'm Cuban - through my mom - and yes, hence the Cuban black beans. I left Miami when I was 22 and have since lived in Southern California, DC, and now - mecca for urban designers - NYC!
I love to travel and explore new cities, cultures, and cuisines.

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