Mariana Ibañez is an architect in Argentina, and tenure-track faculty at the MIT School of Architecture and Planning. Prior to this appointment she was Associate Professor at Harvard University Graduate School of Design. She has been on the awards jury of the Boston Society of Architects, as well as the admissions committee for the MacDowell Colony. Mariana was also Adjunct Associate Professor at Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation.

As an academic and editor, Mariana’s research is in the disciplinary core of architecture and its growing periphery. Her recent publication by Actar D, Paradigms in Computing, is an inquiry into design agency and revitalizing its scope of work. Her theater work has been collaborations with El Hombre que Camina in Buenos Aires, Grace Kelly Jazz, and Opera Philadelphia, as well as exhibiting in Possible Mediums, the ICA London, Milan Fashion Week, and National Art Museum in Beijing.

Mariana graduated from the University of Buenos Aires where she received her Bachelor of Architecture, and from the Architectural Association in London with a Master of Architecture and Urbanism. Upon completing her studies, she joined the Advanced Geometry Unit at ARUP to work on the Battersea project. At Zaha Hadid Architects she developed several cultural projects and led the design for the London Aquatic Centre for the 2012 Olympic Games.

Simon Kim, AIA, is a registered architect in California and Massachusetts, Associate Professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design, and Director of the Immersive Kinematics Research Group. As principal of Ibañez Kim, he is interested in the integration of architecture and urbanism with active and emotive behaviors. In particular, Simon works to bring agency into design objects with meaningful and sensate technologies for our homes and cities.

As an architect and designer, Simon has been a producer and collaborator of several shows with artists, theater groups and performers such as The Dufala Brothers, Grace Kelly Jazz, Carbon Dance Theatre, Pig Iron Theatre and has produced and curated exhibitions at the Traction Gallery and the Slought Foundation. His work has also been exhibited at the ICA, Storefront, and MoMA.

Simon received his professional degree from Carleton University, and registered as an architect while working at Tate Snyder Kimsey. After completing the Design Research Laboratory programme at the Architectural Association, Simon worked as a designer and project architect for Zaha Hadid and Frank Gehry. At MIT he worked with Bill Mitchell on modular, networked energy for buildings and landscapes, and was awarded a Master of Science. Simon has taught studios and seminars at Yale, Harvard, MIT, and the Architectural Association.

Much of the experimentation and prototyping for Ibañez Kim happens at Immersive Kinematics, our research lab. Visit our twin at