Born in Ploiești/Romania in 1987.
Maria Daria Oancea earned a degree in architecture from the Ion Mincu University of Architecture and Urban Planning in Bucharest/Romania. She has been involved in many architectural projects, including Survival equipments, 2016, Bucharest, Marshalling Yard exhibition design, 2017, Bucharest, substandardPLUS, 2018, Bucharest and the ongoing Bucharest Dossier. She received the Public Space Architecture Award for substandardPLUS at the Bucharest Architecture Annual 2019. She also won the special prize »Create your Bucharest« at the Vienna Art Biennale for her project Homeless practices, which was shown at the Museum for Applied Arts, Vienna/Austria during the exhibition Mapping Bucharest: art, memory and revolution 1916-2016.
Maria Daria Oancea has collaborated with George Marinescu since 2015, developing a design studio and a non-governmental association (NGO) in Bucharest, a dual practice that complements their vision of architecture: »Atelier Ad Hoc Architecture« addresses the problems of the contemporary city, the team’s projects being the product of critical and experimental thinking that offers specific housing experiences. »Atelier Ad Hoc Community« is an applied research laboratory conceived to support vulnerable or marginalized communities which seeks to develop intervention scenarios and ways of engaging with poverty that remain outside of local public administration concerns.