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Mariana Ibañez

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.

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  • Education
    Master of Architecture and Urbanism, Architectural Association
    Bachelor of Architecture and Urbanism, Universidad de Buenos Aires
    2020 Honor Award for Design Excellence, Boston Society of Architects
    2020 Outstanding Cultural Design Award, Massachusetts, Design & Build Award from BUILD Magazine
    2019 Invited Exhibitor, The Heterotopial, Seoul Biennale of Art and Architecture, Korea
    2019 Invited Exhibitor, FEEDback, Bienal Internacional de Arquitectura de Buenos Aires, Argentina
    2019 Invited Exhibitor, House Vision, Drawing Codes, Cooper Union, New York, USA
    2017 Strange Weather selected for permanent collection of the Dominum Museum Village, Seoul, Korea
    2017 Residency, Autodesk BUILD Space
    2015 Winning Entry, Minister of Arts and Culture, Lawn on D
    2015 Winning Entry, Torqueing Spheres, Folly Competition, Architecture League of New York and Socrates Sculpture Park, New York, USA
    2015 Winning Entry, Step 7, Smaller than a House Bigger than a Bread Box, Boston Society of Architects, Boston, USA
    2014 Winning Entry, ApoC, Temporary Shelter Competition, Toronto, Canada
    2010 Finalist, The Mechanical Garden, MoMA Young Architects Program, PS1, New York, USA
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