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.