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Maite Borjabad López-Pastor


Maite Borjabad López-Pastor is an architect and curator based in Chicago and whose work revolves around diverse forms of critical spatial practices, operating across the disciplines of architecture, art and performance.

Since 2017 she is Architecture & Design Curator at the Art Institute of Chicago where she curated the exhibition My Building, Your Design: Seven Portraits by David Hartt (2018) and co-curated Past Forward: Architecture and Design at the Art Institute (2017-ongoing). Her last exhibition and book Designs for Different Futures, co-curated with the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Walker Art Center is currently on view in Minneapolis (Sept 12, 2020 - April 11, 2021). Previously she worked at The Met and the Arthur Ross Architecture Gallery (NY) and as an independent curator has developed diverse projects in collaboration with the Emily Harvey Foundation, New Museum Incubator (NY) or Tabakalera (San Sebastian) among others. Latest projects include the exhibition and book Scenographies of Power: From the State of Exception to the Spaces of Exception (2017) at La Casa Encendida (Madrid), and the installation Wet Protocols (2018) she created for the Slovenian Museum of Architecture and Design.

She has taught at UIC School of Architecture (Chicago) and at Barnard College and Columbia University GSAPP (NY) and has served as a guest critic in several architecture schools, including Harvard GSD, Pratt Institute, Cornell University, University of Michigan, Portland State University, and IIT. 

Maite graduated as an architect by the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid and holds a M.S. in Critical, Curatorial and Conceptual Practices in Architecture by Columbia University, New York.

Instagram: @maitexublp