Ana Maria Durán is an Ecuadorian architect, researcher, educator and writer. She co-founded the design firm Estudio A0 in 2002 with her partner Jaskran (Jazz) Singh Kalirai in Quito, Ecuador, after receiving a masters in architecture degree from PennDesign at the University of Pennsylvania, and a liberal arts degree from Universidad San Francisco de Quito. Since its inception, Estudio A0 has developed significant projects in Ecuador, some awarded through public competitions.
Durán currently teaches at the School of Architecture, Design and Arts of Universidad Católica del Ecuador and is a visiting professor at the Taubman College of the University of Michigan. She has been visiting faculty at the GSD (Harvard University, 2007-2008), the GSAPP (Columbia University, 2006-2007), USFQ (2000-2002), UTE, and UDLA. During her Loeb Fellowship she developed SAP-The South America Project–an open research network for South America–with Felipe Correa. She conceived and directed the XV Quito Pan-American Architecture Biennale: Visible Cities (2004-2006), and she redesigned cipArq (the School for the City, Landscape and Architecture of Universidad Internacional) as its dean (2008-2009). She also co-founded the Estuardo Maldonado Foundation with the purpose of providing a platform for contemporary art in her country (2005).
Durán edited the book Beyond Petropolis: Designing a Practical Utopia in Nueva Loja with Michael Sorkin and Matthias Altwicker. Her essays have been published in diverse magazines (Harvard Design Magazine, RADAR, Plot, 30-60: cuaderno latinoamericano de arquitectura, CITE, AULA, GAM, TRAMA, Clave) and books (Thinking Practice; Restructuring from Within; Reimagining Mumbai´s Back Bay; A Line in the Andes; Beyond the Supersquare: Art and Architecture in Latin America after Modernism). She participated in the exhibitions “La escala prevalence” (Scale prevails) and “Post Post Post: Young Latin American Architecture.” In 2010, Ediciones de la Línea Imaginaria published Cuerpojo Azul, her first poetry book. Since 2003, her research focuses on unveiling the processes of urbanization in traditionally remote ecologies like the Amazon River Basin and the Galapagos Islands, understanding the impact of the infrastructural integration of South America (IIRSA/COSIPLAN) and studying the forces shaping contemporary Latin American design practices. She is currently Advisor to Inmobiliar, the Real-estate Management Agency of Ecuador, national delegate for the 2014 Iberian-American Architecture and Urbanism Biennial as well as member of the Academic Committee of the 2014 Quito Architecture Biennale.