Maria Claudia Valverde Rojas, born in 1986 in Quito-Ecuador, is a doctorate researcher at the University of Stuttgart. She served as a lecturer at the Double Degree Program of Universidad de Las Americas-NABA and co-initiator of the Digital Fabrication Laboratory (FAD-LAB UDLA). She is also co-founder of the KAJKAO project, a social entrepreneurship that uses cocoa agricultural waste to produce bio-based materials. Claudia holds a BA in Architecture from Universidad Central del Ecuador and a first-level Master’s degree in Industrial Design for Architecture from the Polytechnic of Milan. She is passionate about enhancing design results by combining system thinking with contemporary theories, methods, and instruments. This is especially those related to computational design and digital fabrication. This is enriched by bio-inspired, user-centered, and circular design approaches. Claudia believes that better design solutions can be addressed with a comprehensive approach to the project that leads from design to construction through high-technology tools.