Mariale grew up in Peru immersed in German international education. A move to Northern Virginia at the start of high school saw her swap Spanish and German for English, and Lima’s skyline for DC’s. With each cultural experience, her interest in design grew. Lima’s construction-lined cliffs impressed on her a unique concern for the intersection of the built environment and the natural one, a childhood of German schooling trained her sympathy for The Bauhaus, and years in and around the National Gallery East in DC turned her on to I.M. Pei and his brand of New Modernism. Mariale turned to architecture for the creative problem solving, the opportunity to bring monumental ideas to fruition, and, not least of all, to apply her unique experience and world-view to the horizons around her.