Ana Maria Duran Calisto

Ana Maria Duran Calisto


Loeb Fellowship - Graduate School of Design, Harvard University, 2011
Masters of Architecture - Graduate School of Fine Arts (now PennDesign), University of Pennsylvania, 2000
Bachelor in Liberal Arts - USFQ, 1995

Areas of Interest:

Architecture, Documentary Film, Environmental Planning and Design, Landscape Architecture, Latin American Architecture, Latin American Cities, Poetry, Spatial Ethnography, Urban Design, Urban Ecology, Visual Arts and Art History


Ana Maria Duran Calisto is an Ecuadorean architect, urbanist and environmental planner. She co-founded the design firm Estudio A0 in 2002 with her partner Jaskran (Jazz) Singh Kalirai in Quito, Ecuador, after receiving a Master of Architecture from PennDesign at the University of Pennsylvania, and a Liberal Arts Bachelor´s degree from Universidad San Francisco de Quito. The main pursuit of Estudio A0 is to develop environmentally responsible design and construction systems at all scales, by focusing on the possibilities of recycling, in situ clean energy production, water harvesting and reuse, high and low-tech hybrids, the investigation of local materials, and the reactivation of local ecologies. She is currently undertaking a PhD in Urban Planning at UCLA, under the advice of Professor Susanna Hecht. The focus of her research is the history of urbanization in the Amazon River basin.

Contact: 424-361-8785