Cottrell & Vermeulen Architecture is an award winning RIBA Chartered Practice with more than two decades of design experience.

Maria Westerståhl

BA (Hons) Dip. Arch RIBA


Originally from Sweden, Maria moved to New York in 1993 where she trained at the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture at the Cooper Union and worked in various NY architectural practices. In 2001 Maria moved to London where she obtained her UK qualifications at the Bartlett School of Architecture. She joined Cottrell & Vermeulen in 2003 to work on the Lloyd Park Centre in Walthamstow and CVA’s exemplar scheme for the Schools for the Future. She has been an associate since 2007.

Maria is a key lead of new Southwark ADS framework project teams. Previous projects include the new Compass School, a 600 place secondary free school in Bermondsey, the RIBA award nominated Lyndhurst Primary School and the award winning Ann Riches Healing Space and Roof Garden at the Royal London Hospital. Maria is currently working on new housing for Southwark Council.

Alongside architectural practice, Maria teaches the second year of the M Arch course at Central Saint Martin.

In 2008, she completed a self-build with her partner, Luke Lowings, on a garage plot in North London. The space saving timber scheme is designed flexibly for an extended family and was featured in the press and Channel 4’s “Building the Dream”.