Architect Macarena Chiriboga
Macarena Chiriboga completed her Architecture Masters Degree in Savannah College of Art and Design. Her master thesis in bamboo, ¨Going back to the Origins” won her the Thesis Award presented by the department of Architecture of the Savannah College of Art and Design which encouraged her journey: Taking bamboo to the next level. Hired to work in Bali for one of the most recognized sustainable projects today, Green Village. Macarena designed the luxury homes 99 percent with bamboo. The houses have changed completely the way people view this material winning her an article in the New York Times and Herald Tribune. She later got hired to work for a unique sustainable hotel in Bali called Suarga. The use of natural materials has made this hotel become one of the most recognized spots in Bali.
Encouraged to implement the knowledge back to her country Ecuador she moved to Quito and together with Sofía Chiriboga opened the firm STUDIO M+S. Taking advantage of the amazing bamboo Ecuador has to offer they have re invented bamboo for the brand República del Cacao which has now opened in Perú and Colombia as well. Followed by the tragic earthquake in Ecuador, the firm is working in innovating designs to re build schools and churches which have been strongly affected. Ecuadorian Newspaper El Comercio has recognized Macarena as: “the ecuadorian who elevates the use of bamboo.”
Currently living in Los Cabos, Macarena has partnered with Bamboobiz to introduce the world of bamboo into the beaches of Mexico. The innovative and unique designs include movable structures, shades, furniture, bicycle frames,and workshops.
For M+S STUDIO as well as her partnership with Bamboobiz, Macarena believes strongly in following her philosophy for living and designing: Strength through Flexibility.
Architect Sofía Chiriboga
Sofía Chiriboga graduated from her Master’s degree in architecture from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2010 after completing a Bachelor’s degree of Fine Arts in the same university with Summa Cum Laude Honors in 2009. Her thesis explored the importance of revitalizing natural materials and vernacular techniques to empower communities in the Ecuadorean highlands, which won the Thesis Award presented by the department of Architecture of the Savannah College of Art and Design and the Platinum Award in Sustainability presented by the Savannah, Ga Branch of the US Green Building Council.
On her return to Ecuador, from 2010 to 2012, Sofía started working as a Junior Designer in the interior design firm Adriana Hoyos Diseño Interior. She was involved in residential, commercial and hospitality projects. She also worked in low income housing from 2010 to 2011 in the development firm Proinco. In 2013, she started the design firm Studio M+S with architect Macarena Chiriboga. This partnership begun with a Hospitality project in Padang Padang, Bali that used bamboo, stone and reclaimed wood to create a simple luxury lifestyle. Since, Studio M+S has been working in projects in Ecuador, Perú, Colombia and México in commercial, residential and hospitality projects that promote the use of sustainable materials and create a natural luxury living.