Consultant and Architect. Parra-Müller Arquitectura de Maternidades, Madrid, Spain.
Angela Müller works as a consultant and architect at Parra-Müller Arquitectura de Maternidades, a Madrid based practice she founded together with Marta Parra Casado in 2008.
Both met in the Spanish activist group “El Parto es Nuestro” (Birth is ours), participating as users and experts in the Ministry of Health, updating new national guidelines and clinical protocols for a healthier, safer and more respectful childbirth attention. After evaluating Spanish maternity wards for the Ministry, they decided to join passion and profession, and have been working since then on improving hospital maternity wards all over Spain, at the same time as they participate in creating complementary structures such as free-standing birthcenters or midwife led units.
Their work is based on their belief that only by combining evidence based design and evidence based childbirth attention, it is possible to achieve optimized health results. Architecture and design are not only a “third caregiver”, but can also be a driving force of change. Besides from maternity wards and neonatal units, they also design other hospital areas, such as oncology departments, etc. They focus on process-based design and the human scale in hospitals as complex structures, integrating all possible users.