José Ibarra

José Ibarra

Charlottesville, VA, US



José Ibarra is an architectural designer, researcher, and educator whose interdisciplinary work focuses on the intersection between architecture and environmental uncertainty. He is an Assistant Professor in Architecture at the University of Virginia School of Architecture and director of transformation and research of CODA. Ibarra received a B.Arch from Cornell University's AAP and a 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 the 2019 Robert Geddes Post-Professional Award, the 2018 Howard Crosby Butler Fellowship, the Princeton University Fellowship, among other recognitions. Ibarra is co-editor of the forthcoming book, “Werewolf: The Architecture of Lunacy, Shapeshifting, and Material Metamorphosis.” He has been an editor of Pidgin magazineThe Cornell Journal of Architecture, and ASSOCIATION. In addition to having published graphic and written work in these and other journals, including Log, his design projects have been exhibited in Berlin, Dunkirk, Ithaca, Ljubljana, Milwaukee, New York, Princeton, and Rome. Ibarra’s work also comprises curation, most recently having curated the performance “Model United Constituencies: A Performance and Critical Debate” and co-curated the New York exhibition, TOO FAST TOO SLOW: 11 Architectural Moves. 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. He has also taught at Cornell University and Princeton University, and has practiced architecture at Barkow LeibingerCODAfxCollaborativeStudio Eber, among other firms.



University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, Assistant Professor in Architecture

Jul 2020 - current

CODA: Caroline O'Donnell Architecture DPC, Ithaca, NY, Director of Research and Transformation

Jul 2016 - current

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI, US, 2019-2020 Urban Edge Fellow

Aug 2019 - Jul 2020

Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, US, Assistant Instructor

Jan 2018 - May 2019

Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, US, Teaching Associate

Jul 2018 - Aug 2018

FXCollaborative, New York, NY, US, Junior Designer

Dec 2016 - Aug 2017


Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, US, MArch, Post-Professional M.Arch

Aug 2017 - Jul 2019

Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, US, BArch, Bachelor of Architecture

Aug 2012 - Dec 2016

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