Maria Esnaola is an architectural designer and educator.
Her work aims to instrumentalize communication as an integral part of the design process and puts an emphasis in exploring democratic and co-operative working methods that enable built, social and research.based work at a variety of scales. She is a registered Architect in Spain and Fulbright Scholar holding a Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design and a Master´s of Advanced Architectural Research from Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation in New York.
Through her diverse affiliations to city institutions and within the board of directors for the LAForum she seeks to interfere in current debates over the future and interpretation of urban landscapes by reuniting studies of the city as a physical phenomenon and as a cultural artifact. Esnaola currently teaches at the USC School of Architecture and has recently been a visiting scholar at the ETH in Zurich.