María Novas Ferradás is an architect and researcher specialised in exploring the intersections of social and political history and cultural studies with the built environment. Having graduated from the Universidade da Coruña in Galicia, Spain, with a master’s degree in architecture, she holds master’s degrees in Applied Research in Gender Studies (UJI) and Urban Regeneration (USC). Her Ph.D. in Architecture from the Universidad de Sevilla analyses the contribution of two women’s organisations and some of the first women architecture graduates in the Netherlands to post-war housing design. With teaching experience at TU Delft and a track record of being invited as a lecturer at international universities and organisations, Novas has published and edited articles and books that delve into how feminist movements have shaped architecture and urban design. Her book Arquitectura y género: una introducción posible (Melusina, 2021) received recognition at the 16th Spanish Architecture and Urbanism Biennial in the Research and Dissemination category. Currently, she is a guest researcher at Leiden University’s Department of Cultural Anthropology.


Ph.D. in Architecture
 Graded cum laude (with distinction) & International Doctorate Mention.
Universidad de Sevilla, 2023.

Master Degree Research in Feminist, Gender and Citizenship Studies
Universitat Jaume I, 2014.

Master Degree Urban Regeneration and Restoration
Universidade de Santiago de Compostela, 2013.

MSc Architect
Universidade da Coruña, 2011.


Delft University of Technology
2020-2023 Master Architecture, Urbanism and Building Sciences
Architectural History Thesis
Lectures on Architectural History and Theory
2022-2023 Bachelor Bouwkunde (3rd year)
Academische Vaardigheden (Academic Skills)

Tilburg Academy of the Arts
2020-2022 Master Architecture and Urbanism
Critical Thinking