Marilu Valente received her BA(Hons) in Architecture in 2009. Her academic interests focused on sustainable architecture and biomimetic design in order to achieve a more intelligent and efficient built environment.
She thereafter worked at RHWL Architects on the construction of the Jewish Community Secondary School and she developed a community regeneration proposal for the Haitian society following the earthquake in January 2010 which was short-listed on the Urban SOS 2010 student competition.
She subsequently worked at Ateliers Jean Nouvel in Paris and contributed to competition projects such as Aérogare de Deauville (design of a small scale airport in Normandy), La citadelle d’Amiens (university campus). She integrated the 3D modelling team and worked on several infrastructure projects including the Hopital Necker in Paris, and the retrofitting of the Gare de Midi in Brussels. During this time she explored parametric modelling and interactive prototypes fabrication.
She completed her Master in Architecture in London in 2013 during which she continued her research on how architecture can address environmental issues with inspiration from intelligent natural systems and processes. Her project (bio)Plastic Morphologies explores the use of bio-based plastic material as a structurally sound construction material. She was part of the 2013 Robotic Infiltrations team at the Angewandte (Vienna) who developed a structurally sound system made out of stretched foam with robotic arms.
Soon after graduating she obtained a placement at the Crystal (a sustainable cities initiative by Siemens) in London where she worked on the City Performance Tool, an innovative tool enabling to assess the impact of green technologies on cities carbon emissions.
She thereafter co-founded the start-up Binee, a network of recycling bin for electrical and electronic waste. Binee provides an infrastructure where people can easily dispose of their e-waste through a great user experience and by showing the environmental impact of each recycling action.