Design Field Notes: M. Paz Gutierrez

Seminar | November 6 | 4-5 p.m. | 220 Jacobs Hall

 Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation

About Design Field Notes:
Each informal talk in this pop-up series brings a design practitioner to a Jacobs Hall teaching studio to share ideas, projects, and practices.

About this talk:
Maria Paz Gutierrez, Associate Professor of Architecture at UC Berkeley, is an architect and researcher focused on nature and multifunctional material organizations, and on 21st-century environmental and socioeconomic challenges. In 2008, she founded BIOMS, an interdisciplinary research initiative intersecting architecture and science, pioneering methods to integrate principles of design and biophysics from the nano to the building scale in contexts of risk. Her recent research focuses on exploring the biophysical and cultural implication of functional natural materials and agricultural waste (mainly gels and fibers) through multi-scale digital fabrication and material computation.

Gutierrez is the recipient of various prestigious research grants from leading scientific organizations including the US National Science Foundation, DOE, and EPA in the area of sustainable building systems innovation. Her research has been recognized as pioneering multiscale design through groundbreaking material innovations in self-regulated and multi-optimization building systems, taking her to open new paths for architects in the engineering and scientific communities including at the National Academy of Engineering (US) and been published in leading scientific journals including Science and Scientific Reports (Nature).

Gutierrez's work has been exhibited in leading venues including the Field Museum, Chicago and widely covered in the press. Gutierrez’s prestigious awards include the 2014 Buckminster Fuller Award (semifinalist) and the 2010 Emerging Frontiers of Research Innovation by the US National Science Foundation. Gutierrez is a Fulbright Nexus Scholar and has served as an appointed Senior Fellow of the Energy Climate Partnership of the Americas by the US Department of State from 2011-16. She has two provisional patents and a forthcoming book, Regeneration Wall (Routledge Press).

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