Daniel Ibañez

Daniel Ibañez is a Spanish practicing architect and urbanist based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. He is currently Doctor of Design candidate at the Harvard GSD and research fellow at the Harvard Office for Urbanization and the Urban Theory Lab. Daniel’s overall research critically seeks to frame the design disciplines in relation to broader socio-ecological interdependencies through cross-disciplinary studies in the field of urban metabolism.  He is author/editor of three book publications: New Geographies 06: Grounding Metabolism (HUP, 2014); Third Coast Atlas (Actar, 2017); and Wood Urbanism: From the Molecular to the Territorial (Actar, 2019). His articles have been featured in the Harvard Design Magazine, PLOT, urbanNext, Mies Crown Hall Americas publication, Ediciones ARQ, or LIGA DF.

Additionally, Daniel holds two other academic affiliations. He is an assistant professor at Rhode Island School of Design in the School of Architecture, and co-director of the Master in Advanced Ecological Buildings (MAEB), at the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalunya in Valldaura, Barcelona. Since 2017, Daniel has been advising the World Bank and the Interamerican Development Bank in the housing and urban development projects in Latin America.

He is co-founder and director of the design firm Margen-Lab, a cross-disciplinary design office that conducts research and projects on innovation in the intersection of design, technology, and ecology, with projects in USA, Spain, Chile, and China. Margen-Lab has been awarded first prizes in national and international competitions, and it has exhibited its work on design venues such as the Biennale di Venezia 2012, the Oslo Architectural Triennale 2013, or the Design Biennial Boston among others.

Daniel received his Masters of Architecture from Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid in 2007 with honors. Also, he holds a post-professional Master in Advanced Architecture from IAAC with distinction. In 2012, he completed a Masters in Design Studies in Urbanism, Landscape and Ecology with distinction from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Daniel's grants for academic research include Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies, Fundación La Caixa Fulbright Fellowship, Real Colegio Harvard Complutense Scholarship and the Harvard GSD Dimitris Pikionis Award, Penny White Research Scholarship and the Dean´s Merit Award.


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Daniel racing in Ironman South Africa in 2019