José Ibarra is a Venezuelan designer, researcher, and educator whose interdisciplinary work focuses on the intersection of architecture and environmental uncertainty. He is an Assistant Professor of Architecture at the University of Colorado Denver College of Architecture and Planning. Ibarra is director of Studio José Ibarra and co-founder of House Operations and the Agency for Work and Play. He is chair of the ACSA 2023–2024 Research & Scholarship Committee.

Ibarra’s research is centered around architecture’s capacity to productively assess and work with situations, usually crises. Through his teaching, design work, and writing, he generates multifocal ways to redefine design amidst social unrest, environmental degradation, and climate crisis. Recently, Ibarra published the book, Werewolf: The Architecture of Lunacy, Shapeshifting, and Material Metamorphosis (AR+D, 2022), co-edited alongside Caroline O'Donnell. Ibarra’s work also comprises curation, having developed projects such as Table Manners, a series of academically engaging events that prioritizes bringing people together in unexpected ways. He is editor and founder of the Architecture Reading Group and has been an editor of ASSOCIATION, The Cornell Journal of Architecture, and Pidgin Magazine. Ibarra's teaching has been awarded the 2022 ACSA/AIAS New Faculty Teaching Award and the 2024 ACSA/AIA Housing Design Education Award. His scholarship and design work have been recognized and published globally. Most recently, he received a 2023 Graham Foundation grant for his collaborative project with Liz Gálvez, Latinx Coalition Chats.

Ibarra was the 2019-2020 Urban Edge Fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where he investigated design tactics for environmental remediation and justice that could work across different temporal scales, including deep time. During 2020–2022, he was Assistant Professor of Architecture at the University of Virginia School of Architecture. In addition to these roles, he has also taught at Cornell University and Princeton University, and has practiced architecture at Barkow Leibinger, CODA, fxCollaborative, Studio Eber, among other firms. Ibarra received an Associate in Arts, Architecture from Miami Dade College, and a Bachelor of Architecture and minor in German Studies from Cornell University. He received his Post-Professional M.Arch from Princeton University’s School of Architecture, where he also earned a Certificate in Media and Modernity. While at Princeton University, he was awarded multiple recognitions, including the 2019 Robert Geddes Post-Professional Award, the 2018 Howard Crosby Butler Fellowship, and the Princeton University Fellowship.

Currently, Ibarra is advancing design work and research dealing with architectural processes, time, and geoempathy.

Liz Gálvez
Cyrus Peñarroyo
Debbie Chen
Leen Katrib
Leyuan Li
Deborah Garcia
Andrés Romero Pompa
Paola Cuevas Báez
Michael Jefferson
Caroline O'Donnell

Martina Grbac
Mo Zaina
Christopher Holm
Marshall Reilly
Maslin Mellick
Irem Cetin
Emelia Lehmann
Benjamin Zerrien
Parris Wright
Lexie Peterson
Seth Calmes
John “Hoby” Horak
Simon Lesina-Debiasi


table manners: earthly becomings
at uw-madison, march 2024

February 7, 2024
Won the 2024 ACSA/AIA Housing Design Education Award for the CU Denver studio "Denver Low-Rise: New Domestic Forms of Collective Living," co-taught with Leyuan Li.

February 2, 2024
Launched the "Academy for Public Scholarship on the Built Environment: CLIMATE ACTION" in my role as Chair of the ACSA 2023–2024 Research & Scholarship Committee.

November 26, 2023
Presented “Rethinking The End: Urban Crisis, Water Imaginations, and Architecture’s Remaking” at Jackson Wang's CU Denver class, 'Structural Engineering and the Ocean Environment.'

November 3, 2023
Presented “Thinking with Non-Life: Process, Accident, and Deep Time” at Princeton University's Building Life Workshop, on a panel alongside Deborah Garcia and Joon Ma; moderated by Sylvia Lavin.

November 2, 2023
Attended ACSA's 2023 Administrator's Conference in my role as Chair of the 2023–2024 ACSA Research & Scholarship Committee.

October 30, 2023
Designed and held the Table Manners: "Under the Table" session with Debbie Chen at CU Denver.

October 27, 2023
Featured in CU Denver news: "José Ibarra’s Research, Creative Work, and Teaching Advances Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Architecture and Other Fields."

October 5, 2023
Designed and held the Table Manners: "Town and Gown, A Pop Up Archive" session with Leen Katrib at CU Denver.

September 7, 2023
Joined Columbia University GSAPP's planetary cohort of respondents for AFFIRMATIONS.

August 17, 2023
Presented "Architecture’s New Weird Turn" at SFRA/GfF: Disruptive Imaginations Annual Conference, on a panel alongside Philip M. Crosby, Frank Müller, and Anke Schwarz; moderated by Orit Halpern.

July 1, 2023
Awarded the 2023 Graham Foundation Grant for project “Latinx Coalition Chats,” a collaborative symposium with Liz Gálvez, to be hosted at The Architectural League of New York.

June 24, 2023
Presented "Beyond Repair: Architecture After Urban Crisis" at the 2023 ACSA/EAAE Teachers Conference: Educating the Cosmopolitan Architect, on a panel alongside Edward Becker, Rick Sommerfeld, Zaneta Hong, Andrew Colopy, and Annicia Streete; moderated by Massimo Santanicchia.

June 12, 2023
Joined Adam Wagoner's podcast, ARCHITECT-ING, where I discussed research and teaching alongside Assia Crawford and Leyuan Li.

April 11, 2023
Awarded two AIA Colorado / Architectural Education Foundation traveling grants for project "Andean Cosmologies: Documenting ecologically-responsive architectures and cities that nurture human-Earth relationships."

March 30, 2023
Presented "Climate Hypertheticals: Media, Audience, and Speculation” alongside Debbie Chen at the ACSA 111th Annual Meeting, on panel 'Redefining Climate Research in the Built Environment' with Joyce Hwang, Curry Hackett, Timothy Adekunle, and Caryn Brause; moderated by Gundula Proksch and Vandana Baweja.

March 27, 2023
Designed and held the Table Manners: "Housing Geostories" session with Rania Ghosn at CU Denver.

March 8, 2023
Presented “Trauma Urbanisms: Theses for Architecture After the End” at Caroline O'Donnell's Cornell University thesis seminar.

January 10, 2023
Awarded a University of Colorado Denver CAP Evolve Seed Grant for project “Latinx Coalition Chats,” a collaborative symposium with Liz Gálvez, to be hosted at The Architectural League of New York.