Lecture: Ana Maria Duran Calisto
Ana María Durán Calisto is an Ecuadorian architect, researcher, educator and writer. She co-founded the design firm Estudio A0 in 2002 with her partner Jaskran Singh Kalirai in Quito, Ecuador, after receiving a Master’s of Architecture degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and a liberal arts degree from Universidad San Francisco de Quito. Since its inception, Estudio A0 has developed significant projects in Ecuador, some awarded through public competitions.
Durán conceived and directed the XV Quito Pan-American Architecture Biennale: Visible Cities (2004-2006), and she redesigned cipArq (the School for the City, Landscape and Architecture of Universidad Internacional) as its Dean. Durán also co-founded the Estuardo Maldonado Foundation with the purpose of providing a platform for contemporary art in her country (2005). Durán currently teaches at the School of Architecture, Design and Arts of Universidad Católica del Ecuador and is a visiting professor at Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan.