Maite Borjabad López-Pastor

Neville Bryan Associate Curator of Architecture and Design at the Art Institute of Chicago

Maite Borjabad López-Pastor is an architect and curator whose work revolves around diverse forms of critical spatial practices, operating across architecture, art and performance. As Associate Curator of Architecture & Design at the Art Institute of Chicago she takes care of the contemporary collection leading research initiatives and acquisitions and has curated a number of significant installations and exhibitions including PHANTOM. Mies as Rendered Society (2019), My Building, Your Design: Seven Portraits by David Hartt (2018), Past Forward (2017-ongoing) and Designs for Different Futures (2019-2021) co-curated with the PMA and the Walker Art Center. Other projects as independent curator include the exhibition and book Scenographies of Power: From the State of Exception to the Spaces of Exception (2017) at La Casa Encendida, Madrid or Wet Protocols (2018) at MAO, Slovenia. She is currently Lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania and has previously taught at Columbia University, and UIC. Maite’s writing has appeared in renowned journals as Harvard Design Magazine and her work has been celebrated in major media such as the New York Times, PIN-UP, Domus, Artforum, La Tempestad or El Cultural. Maite holds a Bachelor and Master of Architecture by the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid and a MS. in Critical, Curatorial and Conceptual Practices in Architecture by Columbia University, New York. Her upcoming exhibition with artist duo Basel&Ruanne will be opening at The Art Institute of Chicago in July 2021.

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