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Maite Borjabad López-Pastor

Maite Borjabad López-Pastor is a Spanish architect and curator, currently based in Chicago, whose work revolves around diverse forms of critical spatial practices, operating across architecture, art, and performance. Her research operates at the intersection of these disciplines and museum studies. As the Neville Bryan Associate Curator of Architecture & Design at the Art Institute of Chicago, Maite oversees the contemporary collection, leading research initiatives and acquisitions as well as curating 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: Architecture and Design Collection (2017-ongoing) and Designs for Different Futures (2019-2021) co-curated with the PMA and the Walker Art Center along with the published catalogue. Her most recent exhibition with Palestinian artists Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rhame: If only this mountain between us could be ground to dust (July 2021 - January 2022) presents a multimedia immersive installation reflecting on ideas of amnesia, erasure, and return within the Palestinian condition. The exhibition’s visceral and material narratives raise timely and urgent questions about the ways history is constructed and continually obliterated.

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, Ljubljana. She is currently a professor at the Weitzman School of Design, University of Pennsylvania and has previously taught at Columbia University and the University of Illinois Chicago. Maite’s writing has appeared in renowned journals such as Harvard Design Magazine with her last article, "'Rerighting' History: The Benito Juarez Community Academy," and her work has been celebrated in publications such as the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, PIN-UP, Domus, Artforum, La Tempestad, and El Cultural. As a guest speaker she has shared her research in important forums such as the Fitch Colloquium at Columbia University (2017) – Ex-Situ: On Moving Monuments where she presented her research “Collecting Architecture and Moving Buildings.”

Maite holds a Bachelor and Masters of Architecture from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid and a Masters in Critical, Curatorial and Conceptual Practices in Architecture from Columbia University.

Courtesy of Maite Borjabad, photographed by Chelsea Ross