Maria Lopez is the founding Principal of Maria Lopez Interiors LLC located in Baltimore, Maryland. She has focused on interior design for healthcare environments for over 25 years, specializing in elder care.
Maria has completed projects across the continuum of care from new construction of expansive campuses to renovation of small houses for special care. She is recognized for creative solutions that support care models while meeting financial goals and maintaining the resident as the focus of every project.
Her emphasis on person centered residential healthcare design is to provide residents with an environment that looks and feels like their own home, while being functionally supportive to caregivers and families. Maria reinvents existing medical models into residential environments and has developed products and finishes to support her designs.
Maria is one of the 50 founders of the American Academy of Healthcare Interior Designers (AAHID). She has served as a Director since 2012 and is the current Board Liaison for the Test Development Committee, responsible for maintaining and updating the certification exam content through extensive item writing, review, and editing. Her first AAHID Board appointment was the Director of Credentialing, overseeing the candidate application and online portfolio review process.
She has spoken at national conferences as a representative for AAHID and as a healthcare interior design subject matter expert. She recently served as juror for the Environments for Aging 2015 Design Awards to be showcased in the spring 2015 EFA magazine.
She will be serving as juror for the 2015-16 cycle of Design for Aging Review and Post Occupancy Evaluation, which will be subsequently published in the DFA Review. Maria has received awards for community expansions, which were published in Long-Term Living’s Design issue. Her well received design of a memory care space was the focus of a Post Occupancy Evaluation at an annual Leading Age Conference.