Maria Adebowale FRSA is the founding director of the Living Space Project and a specialist in community-led placeshaping.
Maria has over twenty years of hands-on and strategic expertise in national and international place making, heritage, community development and environment, at executive director and board level. She has a strong background in developing strategic direction through her advisory and trustee roles, which include being a Commissioner for English Heritage, the former UK Sustainable Development Commission, and the Trust for Conservation Volunteers. She is also a member of the Royal Society of Arts and the International Place Making Council.
Maria is currently the Director of Living Space Project: a London based urban place making and green space, think tank and consultancy. She is also undertaking a research project as a recipient of the Clore Social Leadership Fellowship on funding models for urban place making, green spaces and collaborative governance. She is a patron of the UK Environmental Law Association and a Matron of the Women’s Environment Network.
In addition, Maria writes for a number of publications on strategic and urban place making, is an international speaker and collects vintage penguin paperbacks.