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Diana Ibanez Lopez

Course Leader, MA Cities
Central Saint Martins
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Diana  Ibanez Lopez


"I want to understand the many ways a city happens”.

Alongside leading the MA Cities course, I am the the Senior Curator and Interim co-Artistic Director for architecture and built environment projects at Create, an arts organisation dedicated to making projects that are useful to society in collaboration with communities, artists and local authorities.

This year, I have co-curated a series of public realm and social infrastructure commissions to mark the centenary of the Becontree Estate, the largest housing estate in the UK, commissioned Talking Planning, a platform for demystifying the planning system and how the city is made, led by young people in Brent, co-curated a show at the RIBA and I am looking forward to the completion of A House for artists in Barking Town Centre by the end of the year.

Before joining MA Cities, I taught architecture and urbanism at the Royal College of Art, UCL, TU Delft, Kingston School of Art and have been a visiting professor at Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design. I have been an associate of The Why Factory, MVRDV's architecture think-tank on future cities since 2015, lectured and been a visiting critic internationally, including at HEAD in Geneva, Bezalel in Jerusalem, The Berlinische Galerie and across Russia, in collaboration with Strelka, for the British Council.

After studying architecture at Cambridge University, I worked at MVRDV in Rotterdam, on projects including the Architecture Faculty at the TU Delft and the Rotterdam Markthal. Following further studies at the Royal College of Art and Münster University, I worked for a San Francisco start-up in a commissioning role in local government in London, at Phaidon Press as an editor, and as a postcolonial tour guide in the former Rio Tinto mines.