Ana María Durán Calisto
(Quito, Ecuador, 1971) Architect, urban designer, planner, and scholar who has devoted most of her professional career to analyzing, studying and reimagining the urbanisms that decant from extractivist activities, particularly in Amazonia.
She is a Design Critic in Urban Planning and Design at the Harvard GSD and a lecturer at the Yale School of Architecture and the Pratt Institute. She has taught research seminars and architecture design studios at the FADA of Universidad Católica del Ecuador, Columbia University GSAPP, the University of Michigan Taubman College, the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia, the Architecture School of Universidad Católica de Temuco, and UCLA´s Institute for the Environment and Sustainability. She is co-founder of Estudio A0 together with her husband, architect Jaskran Kalirai. She has co-edited the books Ecological Urbanism in Latin America (2019), Beyond Petropolis: Designing a Practical Utopia in Nueva Loja (2015), and IV Taller Internacional de Vivienda Popular (2007). In 2022, Durán Calisto received the Mark Cousins Theory Award for her work on extractivism and the built environment, and her interest in the principles of ancestral urban ecologies.
Guest Scholar 2023.