Ana María Durán Calisto

Ana María Durán Calisto


Ana María is doctoral candidate at UCLA. Under the advice of Susanna Hecht, she is writing a dissertation on the history of urbanization in the Amazon basin, with a focus on the oil urbanisms of Ecuador. In the year 2010, she received a Loeb Fellowship in advanced environmental studies from the GSD for her proposal to develop an open research network devoted to study the infrastructural integration of South America and provide alternative models of intervention, in lieu of the primarily entropic urbanization that follows the deployment of extraction infrastructures, particularly highways. The network became the South America Project and was spawned in close collaboration with Felipe Correa. Ana María has taught design studios and research seminars at PUCE, Harvard, Columbia, University of Michigan, UC Temuco; and has been teaching fellow at the Institute for the Environment and Sustainability at UCLA. She curated the XV Quito Architecture Biennial: Visible Cities, was National Curator for the IX BIAU, and academic advisor for the UN Conference Habitat III. She is currently a member of the Scientific Panel for the Amazon (SPA) convened by the SDSN and the UN.

Ana María co-founded Estudio A0 with Jazz Kalirai in Quito (2002). Estudio A0 has designed a diverse array of projects, at all scales, in close collaboration with its clients (private and public), and community partners. It recently won a private competition to design the new Teleamazonas TV station. Its building QPH obtained the first Leed Gold of continental Ecuador and was ranked 8th among the 500 best socio-environmental projects in Latin America at the 2015 Latin American Green Awards. In collaboration with Del Hierro AU and L + A Arquitectos, it won the competition for the Ikiam University campus, which eventually was awarded First Prize in the SDSN Amazonia Infrastructure Award, COP 21, in Paris. Its incremental housing scheme received Second Prize in a Social Housing Competition sponsored by UN Habitat. Estudio A0´s projects have been extensively published. Recent features include 30 arquitectos más relevantes de América Latina (Línea Editorial y Lexus Editores, 2020), Office Design (Booq Publishing, 2019), Company Gardens: Green Spaces for Retreat and Inspiration (Braun Publishing, 2019), and International Houses (Taschen, 2018). Selected works were showcased in the XX Chilean Architecture and Urbanism Biennial, and will be included in the upcoming Bolivian Architecture Biennial.

PhD Candidate, UCLA
Loeb Fellow, Harvard University
MArch, University of Pennsylvania


Spring 2023
Agroecological Urban Constellations of Pre-Columbian Amazonia
Ana María Durán Calisto
Fall 2022
Design as Research II: Methods Workshop
Aniket Shahane, Ana María Durán Calisto
Spring 2022
Territorial Cities of Pre-Colonial America
Ana María Durán Calisto
Fall 2021
Architectures of the Collective
Ana María Durán Calisto
Spring 2021
Advanced Design Studio: Art, Culture, and the Neighborhood
Melissa DelVecchio, Ana María Durán Calisto
Fall 2020
Territorial Cities of Pre-Colonial America
Ana María Durán Calisto
Spring 2020
Sustainability: A Critical View from the Urban History of Amazonia
Ana María Durán Calisto