José Ibarra is an architectural designer and educator whose interdisciplinary research focuses on spatial solutions to urban traumas and environmental uncertainty. He is co-founder of the Agency for Work and Play and director of transformation of CODA.
Ibarra received a B.Arch from Cornell University and a Post-Professional M.Arch from Princeton University, where he also earned a Certificate in Media and Modernity. While at Princeton University, he was awarded the 2019 Robert Geddes Post-Professional Award and the 2018 Howard Crosby Butler Fellowship. Prior to joining UWM’s School of Architecture & Urban Planning, he taught several courses at Cornell University and Princeton University. Ibarra has practiced at Barkow Leibinger, CODA, fxCollaborative, Studio Eber, among other firms. Along with design investigations of architectural and urban scales, Ibarra's work comprises editing and curation, most recently having co-curated AWP’s exhibition, TOO FAST TOO SLOW: 11 Architectural Moves, which featured his project “Uncertain Grounds: Rethinking Settlement in the Anthropocene.” He is co-editor of the forthcoming monograph, “Werewolf: The Architecture of Lunacy, Shapeshifting, and Material Metamorphosis.” In addition to having published graphic and written work in Log, The Cornell Journal of Architecture, and ASSOCIATION, his design work has been exhibited in Berlin, Dunkirk, Ithaca, Ljubljana, New York, Princeton, and Rome.
As Urban Edge Fellow, Ibarra will advance research on alternative design tactics by analyzing cases of urban trauma in order to offer inclusive architectural solutions. His courses will address both environmental and social problems through different temporal scales. Ibarra places urgency on the fact that “spatial and urban disciplines have long centered around humans and their functions, while the issues they address transcend our species and threaten the very survival of a world in which life and architecture are no longer stable, hard, or even dependable. Architecture is now tasked with shifting gears towards fluidity, impermanence, and fluctuation.”
Post-Professional M.Arch, Princeton University
B.Arch, Cornell University
[editor] Werewolf: The Architecture of Lunacy, Shapeshifting, and Material Metamorphosis, co-edited with Caroline O’Donnell. 2021.
[editor] Pidgin 24 (2018), Pidgin 25 (2019).
[editor] The Cornell Journal of Architecture: Vol. 10: Spirits (2016).
[writer] “Observations on Time,” Log 45 (April 2019).
[writer] “Biopolitics,” Loosening the Bauhaus: The Summer Transcripts (August 2018).
[curator] AWP’s TOO FAST TOO SLOW: 11 Architectural Moves (New York: April 2019).
[curator] Datatopia’s Bauhaus disBanquet (Berlin: August 2018).
[curator] Digesting Materiality: A Disorderly Colloquioum (Princeton: April 2018).