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Diana Ibáñez López


  • Diana Ibáñez López is a tutor at the Royal College of Art and Senior Curator at Create, an arts organisation dedicated to making projects that are useful to society. They work in collaboration with communities, artists and local authorities to establish new forms of infrastructure for art that have included a soft play centre; a job brokerage service; a spa; a community-minded art school; a drinks company.

    Diana is also an associate of The Why Factory, an architecture think-tank on future cities based at TU Delft. She has taught at UCL, Central Saint Martin’s, TU Delft and been a visiting professor at Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design.

  • Biography

  • Diana studied architecture at Cambridge and the RCA, then transnational literature and linguistics at Münster University.

    On graduating from Cambridge, Diana worked for MVRDV in Rotterdam, on projects including the Architecture Faculty at the TU Delft and the Rotterdam Markthal, both of which have won multiple international awards. During this time she lived in a national monument in which she ran regular events including a tango salon for squatters and film screenings to celebrate the transfer of Holland’s anarchist archives to the building.

    She has also worked for a San Francisco start-up, in local government in London, at Phaidon Press and as a postcolonial tour guide in the former Rio Tinto mines.

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  • Publications, exhibitions and other outcomes

  • Diana has worked widely in editorial and publishing, and contributed to international print and online publications. For Phaidon Press, she authored pieces for two Architecture Atlases; she is an author and editor for The Why Factory, proofs for Ruby Press, has undertaken academic editing for Springer Complexity Series on how cities function, and edited two doctoral dissertations, on art-activism (Goldsmiths, University of London, 2010) and community engagement (TU Delft, 2013).


    Maas, W. Ravon, A & Ibáñez López, D. (2020). WEGO, Rotterdam: nai010 publishers.

    Vriesendorp, M., & Ibáñez López, D. (2018) “I’ve just never learned to say no” in Legacy. Generations of Creatives in Dialogue, Amsterdam: Frame Publishers

    Maas, W., Madrazo, F., Ravon, A., & Ibáñez López, D. (2017). Copy Paste, Rotterdam: nai010 publishers.

    Maas, W., Sverdlov, A. (2016). Absolute Leisure, Rotterdam: nai010 publishers.

    Portugali, J., & Stolk, E., eds. (2016). Complexity, Cognition, Urban Planning and Design, and Portugali J. et al., eds. (2012). Complexity Theories of Cities Have Come of Age: An Overview with Implications to Urban Planning and Design, Springer Proceedings in Complexity, Springer: Berlin.

    Phaidon Editors (2012) 20th-Century World Architecture: The Phaidon Atlas, Phaidon Press: London.  “A behemoth” – Daily Telegraph

    Phaidon Editors (2011) The Phaidon Atlas of 21st Century World Architecture, Phaidon Press: London.

    Articles and other publications

    Ibáñez López, D. (June 2019) ‘The Era of Cities: Interview with Ricky Burdett’, in: DOMUS No. 1036 Instant Heritage.

    Ibáñez López, D. (Oct 2015) ‘Assembling Utopia’, in: UNCUBE Magazine. 

    Ibáñez López, D., & Tan, E. (July 2010). ‘On Collectivity/ On Cairo’, in: UncertaintyL’Architecture d’Aujourd’hui 378: 140-141.

    Tan, E. (2014) Negotiation and Design for the Self-Organizing City: Gaming as a method for Urban Design, PhD, Dept. of Urbanism, TU Delft. (editor 2009–2014, and collaborator on

    Ibáñez López, D. (July 2010). ‘Parcours Professionnels’, in: Uncertainty, L’Architecture d’Aujourd’hui 378: 208-9.

    Workshops, Papers and Lectures

    (2019) City & Culture lecture and workshop series in Vladivostok, Perm, Voronezh, St. Petersburg and Kaliningrad, with Hadrian Garrard and Strelka. Commissioned by the British Council in Russia.

    (2017) Extensions  Workshops for the Young Creatives programme at the Design Museum. With David Knight and Hefin Jones.

    (2017) London's Towns Design Advisor on the future of Outer London station sites, New London Architecture and TfL.

    (2016) Commissioning the City , lecture and workshop as part of the Spatial Practices M Arch at Central Saint Martins.

    (2014) Ibáñez López, D. ‘Exploring Hebron’s Heritage through Situations and Displacements that Policy Documents don’t Document’, paper presented at the 5th Ethnography and Qualitative Research Conference panel on Critical Ethnographies of Cultural Heritage, University of Bergamo. With Fayez Jamil Sharabaty.

    (2014–2015 ) Guide of the Rio Tinto mines a landscape designated UNESCO Mining Historical Heritage, for Fieldwork Riotinto, a postcolonial tourism collective founded by geologists and historians in Andalucia.

    (2011) UCL Migration Week, installation and events on the topic of borders, Slade School of Fine Art.

    (2008) Workshop moderator, Contrapolis Conference, Rotterdam. With Jan van Eyck Academie and the Netherlands Architecture Institute (NAi). 

     Exhibitions and Performances

    (2011) (2009) Vertical Village. Installation at the JUT Foundation for Arts and Architecture, Taipei. MVRDV with The Why Factory.

    (2009) notations under provision. Performer at the 1st Open Dans festival, Rotterdam. With Thomas Körtvélyessy of Reàl Dance, open source choreography by Maria Karagianni.

    (2008) NL28 Olympic Fire. Design for an exhibition at the Netherlands Architecture Institute (NAi), MVRDV with the Berlage Institute and the Academie van Bouwkunst.


    (2015), founding editor and contributor. “App of the month”, Apple app store on launch in Feb 2015; “Top apps of the year 2015”

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Selected work