María Sisternas

María Sisternas

CEO of MediaUrban

I am one of the founders of the new Barcelona CIRCLES Think Tank and the CEO of MEDIAURBAN, the Urban Content Creation Agency of the Imagina Group.

I am a City Design Consultant, specialising on the links between the digital, social, economic and legal issues that contribute to the development of Contemporary Cities.

Until May 2015, I served as Projects Director of the Urban Habitat Department of the Barcelona City Council, a Macro Area in charge of Housing, Planning, Infrastructures, Utilities, Energy and IT. We led the transformation of significant parts of the city such as Les Glòries, Diagonal, Passeig de Gràcia, Tres Turons, Torre Baró, Sants and Portes de Collserola.

Prior to that, I have worked as an independent architect and as Project Manager of the MedCities Network. Outside of work, I have served at the Board of the Catalan Architects Association (COAC), the Metropolitan Strategical Plan of Barcelona and the Cultural Foundation of the Caixa d’Arquitectes.

I am a regular contributor to the Revista Diagonal and other specialized media, and I am currently engaged in the writing of a book about Barcelona´s urban challenges. I speak fluent Catalan, Spanish, French, English, Italian and a little bit of Arabic.