Daniel Ibañez is a Spanish practicing architect and urbanist based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. He is currently Doctor of Design candidate at the Harvard GSD and research fellow at the Harvard Office for Urbanization and the Urban Theory Lab. Daniel’s overall research critically seeks to frame the design disciplines in relation to broader socio-ecological interdependencies through cross-disciplinary studies in the field of urban metabolism. As part of his academic efforts, Daniel has organized conferences on Projective Views on Urban Metabolism (Harvard GSD, 2014) and Wood Urbanism: From the Molecular to the Territorial (Harvard GSD, 2014) and Heliomorphism (Harvard GSD, 2016). He is author/editor three book publications: New Geographies 06: Grounding Metabolism (HUP, 2014); Third Coast Atlas (forthcoming Actar, 2015); and Wood Urbanism: From Molecular to Territorial (forthcoming, Actar, 2018). His articles has been featured in the Harvard Design Magazine, PLOT, urbanNext, Mies Crown Hall Americas publication, Ediciones ARQ, or LIGA DF.

Additionally, Daniel holds two other academic affiliations. He is assistant professor at Rhode Island School of Design in the School of Architecture, and co-director of the Master in Advanced Ecological Buildings (MAEB), at the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalunya in Valldaura, Barcelona. Since 2017, Daniel has been advising the World Bank and the Interamerican Development Bank in the housing and urban development projects in Latin America.


He is co-founder and director of the design firm Margen-Lab, a transcalar targeted office invested in the developing more ecologically powerful and materially exuberant architecture and urban design with projects in USA, Spain, Chile and China. Margen-Lab has been awarded first prizes in national and international competitions, and it has exhibited its work on design venues such as the Biennale de Venezia 2012, the Oslo Architectural Triennale 2013, or the Design Biennial Boston among others.

Daniel received his Masters of Architecture from Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid in 2007 with honors. In addition, he holds a post-professional Master in Advanced Architecture from IAAC with distinction. In 2012, he completed a Masters in Design Studies in Urbanism, Landscape and Ecology with distinction from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Daniel's grants for academic research include Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies, Fundación La Caixa Fulbright Fellowship, Real Colegio Harvard Complutense Scholarship and the Harvard GSD Dimitris Pikionis Award, Penny White Research Scholarship and the Dean´s Merit Award.
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