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Maria Esnaola Cano

Lecturer

M.Arch, Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation B.Arch, National Autonomous University of Mexico


María Esnaola is a registered Architect in Spain and Fulbright Scholar holding a Master’s of Science in Advanced Architectural Design and a Master’s of Advanced Architectural Research from The Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation of Columbia University. During this time, her work was recognized with the William Ware Prize, the Lucille Smyser Lowernfish Memorial Prize and the William Kinne Fellows Travelling Prize. Currently, she is teaching Design Studio at USC School of Architecture and has lectured at GSAPP (New York) and AAU (San Francisco) before. Since 2012 she has been a visiting juror at Columbia University, Pratt Institute, Sci-Arc, LAIAD and UCLA for final studio reviews. María is co-Founder of Knitknot Architects founded in 2013 in New York; an architectural practice based in the use of multi-layered experimental techniques and production processes networked in London, New York and Los Angeles. She has also worked as key Designer for internationally aclaimed architects such as Patxi Mangado or Rojo Fdz-Shaw in Spain for several international awarded projects.


 
 
Currently Teaching
  • 302bL
    Architectural Design III
    Architectural Design III
    The integration of architectural design with building systems, both material (structure and enclosure) and experiential (circulation and environment), is the focus of this final core sequence studio. The comprehensive design project requires students to implement all the knowledge and skills previously accumulated, to extend the depth and breadth of their understanding of design issues, and to deal definitively with the interaction of the formal, experiential, regulatory, and technical requirements of architectural design. Projects will provide for structural integrity, for ventilation, heating and cooling (both natural and mechanical), for natural and artificial lighting, and for acoustic amenity. Students must build into their designs life-safety, egress, and accessibility requirements as embodied in model building codes. Developing a portion of each project in detail and extrapolating those tectonics, students will be responsible for integrating program, site and formal analyses, comprehending the ways in which decisions made in each sphere inform the others.
     
  • 406
    Global Studies Topics in Architecture, Urbanism, History & Art
    Global Studies Topics in Architecture, Urbanism, History & Art
    In preparation for the spring semester in Italy, this two-unit course introduces students to Italian history, to the history of Italian architecture, and to Italian culture. It includes a section on the history of Northern Europe. It prepares students for living in Italy in the Spring 2013 semester, for learning to interrogate and analyze diverse urban cultures, and for adapting to a different culture and language.
     
  • 409L
    Design Foundation
    Design Foundation
    Introduction to basic architectural design principles for problem solving scenario. It is a foundation level architectural design course for systematic thinking.
     
  • 411
    Architectural Technology
    Architectural Technology
    Prerequisite(s): ARCH 313 Technology is presented not as a post-facto application enabling an architectural idea, but as one of many modes of concurrent thinking an architect must develop. This course promotes understanding the logics and details of construction technologies as they contribute to the production of architecture. Both conventions and experimentations in building assemblies will be studied to link technical considerations to design development. Focus on emerging technologies and concerns, along with proven techniques and means, will encourage awareness of all facets of constructional potentials. Students will learn fundamental detailing principles, and implement those principles in order to test through making. Possibilities and limitations of various constructional systems will be explored, with an eye towards seeing assembly systems as the nexus of various kinds of performance.
     
  • 424L
    Field Studies in Architecture
    Field Studies in Architecture
    Assignments rely principally on field trips and field research, while additional readings, class discussions and research will be utilized to develop a body of information and method of critique. Field research will focus on the first-hand observation, analysis, and documentation of existing buildings and their contexts so that lessons-learned can inform the design methodology applied in studio. Students will be challenged to articulate their analyses with respect to the specific urban, temporal, and cultural contexts. There will be ten assignments for each course: nine specific assignments and one assignment that you may choose the subject of yourself.
     
  • 426L
    Field Studies in Tectonics
    Field Studies in Tectonics
    Buildings embody a series of performative criteria that form the fundamental motives for an architectural task. These functions are critical considerations in building design and are accomplished within the context of technological and economic possibilities. The focus of the course will be on technology in architecture, with an emphasis on structure, materiality, construction, material and assembly, and sustainability. Using annotated photo documentation, notations, and diagrams these criteria will be analyzed to explore how technology affects the form, the assembly of the architectural response, and, ultimately, how technology is integrated into the methodology of accomplishing the greater architectural goals of the building.
     
 
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