Maria Elena Vanegas Perez

Research Associate

Maria Elena Vanegas Perez

School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture

540 Devall Drive, Suite 402A

Master of Landscape Architecture, Auburn University, 2023
Bachelor of Architecture, Universidad de Los Andes, 2018

Maria Elena Vanegas Perez is a Research Associate in the Auburn University College of Architecture, Design and Construction, working in the Landscape Infrastructure Design Lab. Vanegas Perez sees landscape architecture as a tool to understand and meaningfully respond to landscapes and their evolving ecologies. Her research and professional interests are grounded in a passion for cultivating and disseminating landscape literacy through visual narratives and design interventions that foster learning both in and from nature. In her work at Auburn, she has been discovering and studying the richness and diversity of the US coastal environments as part of a design research focused on the development of nature-based infrastructure to address environmental challenges and enhance the ecological and cultural opportunities of these landscapes.