Chair and Associate Professor
Mariana Ibañez is an Argentinian architect involved in practice, academia, and research. Prior to joining the faculty at UCLA, Mariana taught at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University for over a decade and most recently at MIT. She has been Adjunct Associate Professor at the Daniels Faculty of Architecture in Toronto, and at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation at Columbia University.
Mariana is the co-founder and principal of the award-winning office Ibañez Kim, a genre-defiant practice that works with sensate materials, atmospheres, and new media to generate architecture, objects, and cities. Her research is in the disciplinary core of architecture and its growing periphery, with a focus on the relationship between technology, culture, and the environment. Current office work includes projects in Canada, USA, Argentina, and Cambridge, with research into the future of theater and performance spaces. Mariana’s work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the MAXXI Museum in Rome, and The National Art Museum in Beijing, with projects for the Smithsonian Museum in Washington DC, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism. Publications include two edited volumes, Paradigms in Computing by Routledge and Organization or Design? by a+t. She has written numerous articles and chapters for Wiley and Sons, Harvard Design Magazine, ACTAR, Routledge, and others.
She has served as an external examiner at the Architectural Association in London, UK, in the visiting committee for the University Torcuato DiTella in Buenos Aires, Argentina and on awards juries for the Boston Society of Architects, the American Institute of Architects, the Rotch Foundation, and MacDowell.
Ibañez received her Bachelor of Architecture from the Universidad de Buenos Aires and a Master of Architecture and Urbanism from the Architectural Association in London. After graduating from the AA, Mariana joined the office of Zaha Hadid and relocated to the United States in 2007.
|Master of Architecture and Urbanism, Architectural Association
|Bachelor of Architecture and Urbanism, Universidad de Buenos Aires
|Honor Award for Design Excellence, Boston Society of Architects
|Outstanding Cultural Design Award, Massachusetts, Design & Build Award from BUILD Magazine
|Invited Exhibitor, The Heterotopial, Seoul Biennale of Art and Architecture, Korea
|Invited Exhibitor, FEEDback, Bienal Internacional de Arquitectura de Buenos Aires, Argentina
|Invited Exhibitor, House Vision, Drawing Codes, Cooper Union, New York, USA
|Strange Weather selected for permanent collection of the Dominum Museum Village, Seoul, Korea
|Residency, Autodesk BUILD Space
|Winning Entry, Minister of Arts and Culture, Lawn on D
|Winning Entry, Torqueing Spheres, Folly Competition, Architecture League of New York and Socrates Sculpture Park, New York, USA
|Winning Entry, Step 7, Smaller than a House Bigger than a Bread Box, Boston Society of Architects, Boston, USA
|Winning Entry, ApoC, Temporary Shelter Competition, Toronto, Canada
|Finalist, The Mechanical Garden, MoMA Young Architects Program, PS1, New York, USA
- Kumiho, Museum of Urbanism and Architecture Competition, Sejong, Korea
- The Heterotopial, 2019 Seoul Biennale of Art and Architecture, Seoul, Korea
- Strange Weather, 2017 Seoul Biennale of Art and Architecture, Seoul, Korea
- Conic Assemblies, Studies in bent wood
- Step 7, Smaller than a House Bigger than a Bread Box Exhibition, Boston Society of Architects, Boston, USA
- Cybernetic Dance
- KaSa, Residential Project, Toronto, Canada