José Ibarra is a Venezuelan-American designer, researcher, and educator whose interdisciplinary work focuses on the intersection of architecture and environmental uncertainty. He is founder of Studio José Ibarra and co-founder of House Operations and the Agency for Work and Play. Currently, he serves as a member of the ACSA Research & Scholarship Committee.
José Ibarra. Beyond Repair: Architecture After Urban Crisis. 2021.
José Ibarra & Caroline O'Donnell. Werewolf: The Architecture of Lunacy, Shapeshifting, and Material Metamorphosis. AR+D, 2022.
José Ibarra. Model United Constituencies. 2020. Photograph by Josh Alsum.
José Ibarra. Uncertain Grounds: Rethinking Settlement in the Anthropocene. 2019.
José Ibarra & Deborah Garcia. Digesting Materiality, A Disorderly Colloquium. 2018.
Ibarra’s scholarship centers on social unrest, environmental degradation, and climate crisis. His current work foregrounds research on urban crises and geoempathy, a new term he uses to describe a design of process which yields new objects that respond to and interact with other things in the world. Ibarra’s research interests make their way into the classroom through discussions, design exercises, speculative fiction writing, and other storytelling techniques.
Bachelor of Architecture, Cornell University
Post-Professional M.Arch, Princeton University
2022 ACSA/AIA New Faculty Teaching Award (Full-Time Faculty Category), ACSA
2021 Faculty Summer Publication Grants, University of Virginia
Premio Félix Candela Competition Honorable Mention, IESARQ
Support for Undergraduate Research Fellows Faculty Award, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
2019–2020 Urban Edge Fellowship, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
2019 Robert Geddes Post-Professional Award, Princeton University
Graduate Certificate in Media and Modernity, Princeton University
Council on Science and Technology Research Grant, Princeton University
Charles M. Hanna and Margaret T. Hanna Fellowship, Princeton University
Howard Crosby Butler Traveling Fellowship in Architecture, Princeton University
Hispanic Scholarship Fund Scholar and Fellow, HSF
WCC’s People’s Choice Award, Young Architects Competition