Mariana Idiarte was born in Cordoba, Argentina. After three years studying Architecture at the Universidad Nacional de Cordoba, she completed a study as Expert in Advertising and Communication at IES (currently Universidad Siglo XXI), majoring in Account Direction. In Cordoba, she worked in bidding projects for building maintenance and construction of the Court of Justice, gained sales experience at Citibank, and started her free-lance activities advising on communication plans, advertising campaigns and organization of events for different local and international organizations.
Since moving to the Netherlands in 2000, Mariana has worked for KPMG International, initially responsible for the communication and contract compliance process of the global IT supplier department, later developing into service level specialist responsible for the negotiation and management of agreements and relationships with multiple KPMG’s international IT suppliers.
In 2006 she joined the Office for Metropolitan Architecture, being responsible for the negotiation and management of contracts and relationship with clients and with sub-consultants. She has experience working in international and multicultural projects, leading negotiations and managing contracts with clients and suppliers in multiple languages (she’s fluent in Spanish, English, Dutch, Italian and French) and from more than 20 different countries. Negotiation and contract management processes she has worked on include exhibitions (Tate Modern Museum in London), research (Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburgh), architecture and master planning (in Europe, Middle East, Asia and North America), product design (mobile telephone), fashion industry (catwalk design and photography, web design, etc. for PRADA) and publications (El Croquis, Random House, Taschen, a.o.).
In January 2009, she started Mariana Idiarte Business Consultant, serving large firms as well as the one-man business in the fields of architecture, graphic design and arts.