|Residencia:||Reside en New York, Estados Unidos|
Ana Peñalba holds a master's degree in architecture and environmental studies from the Polytechnic School of Madrid in Spain. She has collaborated as an architect designer with architects such as Thomas Leeser, Dominique Perrault, Andres Perea, Andres Jaque, and Michael Sorkin. Since 2012, she has worked mostly on research projects and self-initiated proposals exploring concerns about socio-cultural displacements, ordinary deconstructions, and the exploration of crowd identity through spatial post-productions. She is currently an adjunct professor in the School of Art and Design at New Jersey Institute of Technology. Recently, Peñalba was invited to be part of the "AIM Program 2016" at the Bronx Museum of the Arts, and to join the program "Open Sessions 2016–17" at the Drawing Center in New York City. Artist Statement: My work is continuous research that explores the mission that Architecture serves, envisioning Architecture as a state of debate where there is not an aesthetic goal, neither a homogeneous format of representation, nor an understanding of Architecture as the final mission for the construction of an object. I am interested in the unpredictable condition that Architecture carries to make its meaning, goal, and media modifiable to adapt its usefulness for thinking. I defend its content as a practice for moving sensibilities through the exploration of questions that challenge quotidian attitudes searching for new responses to what is assumed as “standard” through controversial actions. Move mentalities, develop images that suggest everything should be re-thought to find new alternatives; some will be successful, others not, but that is not the issue: what is important is the Architectural Experiment itself, the goal of restoring Architecture to the service of the mind, to the service of society, to the service of thinking. Penalba has received national and international awards and competitions, exhibited and published internationally and currently works with Terreform as an Urban Architect Researcher.
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