Maria Ferrara received her Masters degree in Architecture Construction-City in 2013 from Politecnico di Torino (110/110 summa cum laude). She defended a thesis on modeling and optimization of Zero Energy Building in collaboration with the Centre d'Energétique et de Thermique de Lyon (CETHIL) at the INSA-Lyon (National Institute of Applied Science) University in France. During her studies, she attended a program of excellence, joint between Politecnico di Torino and Politecnico di Milano, for the development of a multidisciplinary project on community-based policies for natural resources sustainable development. She is the coordinator of a project named “5 Terre Smart Start” that won a national competition for funding (about 200,000 €). She is co-author of 3 journal papers and 9 papers presented at international conferences.