Ana Peñalba holds a Master’s Degree in Architecture and a Masters in Environmental Studies from the Polytechnic School of Madrid (ETSAM). In 2005 she co-founded the Architecture Collective Leon11, from where she cultivated her interests in collective learning methodologies and collaborative practices. Since 2012 she works mostly in research projects and self-initiated proposals exploring concerns about socio-cultural displacements, ordinary de-constructions and the relationship between spatial experiences and crowd identity.
She builds open-source networks of Architectures by the re-appropriation of sounds, meanings, images, objects, and forms that imply an incessant spatial navigation within the meanderings of cultural history and behavioral social patterns. She has collaborated as an Architect Designer with Architects such as Thomas Leeser, Dominique Perrault, Andres Perea, Andres Jaque and Michael Sorkin. She is currently an Adjunct Professor in the School of Art and Design at NJIT and has been invited as a guest critic to a wide number of Art and Architecture Schools. She was recently invited to be part of the "AIM Program 2016" at the Bronx Museum for the Arts and, at the Program "Open Sessions 2016-17" at the Drawing Center in NYC. You can check out her work at www.anapenalba.com.
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