We are unique people that choose to come together.

As the symphony is composed of talented musicians, delicious food is the artful mixing of ingredients, sums are comprised of their parts, we come together to make great experiences.

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Paul Vaivoda, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, NCARB

Principal | Architect
On campus, in the audience or onboard: it’s memorable spaces and people that enrich our lives.

Paul provides a new point of view for the firm. He brings extensive experience and a lengthy portfolio of academic work to our team. The combination of his student life experience and WBA’s solid foundation in arts and entertainment is the perfect formula to broaden our expertise in the higher education market. In addition to leading our higher education/student life business development efforts, Paul is active in project design and leadership. Paul holds a Masters of Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania, a Bachelor of Environmental Design from the University of Colorado, and is a registered architect in MA, NY, and PA.

Paul may come across as unassuming, but do not let it fool you, he is a man full of surprises. Born with a passion for travel and music, he was a roadie traveling with the band in a past life. He has been across the globe and through the woods, traveling for weeks in South America, South Africa, and Europe (Asia is next), and the outdoors for hiking, skiing, canoeing, and fly-fishing with family and friends. As a former interior trim carpenter, he has an appreciation for the craft of the details and for the tradespeople who execute his designs.

Maria Salvatierra

Marketing & Business Development Manager
I love design that goes unnoticed but speaks to you when you give it a chance

Maria joined Wilson Butler with more than 15 years of international marketing experience in the arts and architecture. While living in the UK, she was part of the team that launched the first museum dedicated to urban culture in Manchester.  From 2007 to 2013, she was the marketing manager at the Royal Academy of Arts in London and promoted some of most popular exhibitions in the world.  Prior to her current role, she was the senior marketing and communications manager at the Boston Society for Architecture (BSA) where she served as one of the co-chairs of the BSA Marketing and PR Network. In addition to her passion for design and integrated marketing approaches, she loves spending time with her family and friends. She also enjoys watching endless tennis matches—particularly when Rafael Nadal plays—reading, and practicing her violin.  If not working as a marketer, she would love to be an urban planner or a writer.

Her volunteering work includes chairing Litro Media, a 501c3 in New York.