The faculty of the Guatemala Visiting School 2017 is still being formed and so far consists of the next group of tutors:

Gustavo Romanillos

Director of the Guatemala AA Visiting School |UK

Architect, urban planner and designer, his work focuses on the spatial analysis of urban and social dynamics. He teaches at the Landscape Urbanism Master Programme of the Architectural Association and has been guest lecturer at several universities in Spain, the UK and Latin America. As a researcher, he works in the tGIS Research Group at the Complutense University of Madrid and, as a consultant, he has worked for different institutions, such as the Municipality of Guatemala City and the United Nations Development Programme.

Valeria Guzmán-Verri

Universidad de Costa Rica | Costa Rica

Valeria Guzmán-Verri is Associate Professor at the School of Architecture and on the Society and Culture PhD Programme at the University of Costa Rica. She holds a PhD in Histories and Theories of Architecture from the Architectural Association (2010). Her research interests include the visual culture of modern and contemporary architectural and graphic design, and the relations between form, knowledge and power. She worked as consultant in Anthony Gormley’s Studio and taught at the Architectural Association School of Architecture. She has lectured in Mexico City, London, Plymouth, Santiago, Copenhagen, Virginia and Pasadena.

Paola Constantino

Universidad Francisco Marroquín |Guatemala

Guatemalan architect graduated from the Universidad Francisco Marroquín (UFM), she has mainly focused her work in the urban field, after studying Sustainable Urban Planning at the Universitá degli Studi di Roma – Roma Tre and getting her second master’s degree on Entrepreneurial Design and Development for Cities at the Centro de Estudios OMMA and UFMShe has been teaching Urban Analysis and Design and conducting “The City” Seminars at UFM since 2012. Since 2005 she also has been collaborating in many different urban projects at the Municipality of Ciudad de Guatemala, of which, the most recent projects have focused on ICT and Smart Cities.

Ana Alemán de Paredes

Universidad Francisco Marroquín | Guatemala

She holds a degree in architecture from the  Universidad Francisco Marroquín (UFM) and a M.Arch. from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD). She has been practicing architecture since 2002, and in 2009 Ana and her husband Axel founded P+A, where they are currently working on various projects at different scales. Her work has been exhibited internationally including in the 2006 Beijing Architecture Biennale. She has also been a Professor of Architecture at UFM since 2008, focusing on the use of new materials and digital technologies in architecture, as well contemporary architectural theory.


Axel Paredes

Universidad Francisco Marroquín | Guatemala

M.Arch. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), M.Arch. in Architecture Theory from the Architectural Association School of Architecture (AA) and Masters in Advanced Construction Technology from Madrid School of Architecture (ETSAM). He has been invited to lecture at different institutions such as RISD, University College of London UCL, University College of Dublin UCD, Politecnico di Milano, Harvard GSD (Talk20), Universidad de Los Andes, and Izmir Turkey School of Economics among others. He has also been a Practicing Professor of architecture at Universidad Francisco Marroquín since 1998 and has been Visiting Professor at Tecnológico de Monterrey ITESM. In 2009 Axel and his wife Ana founded P+A, where they are currently working on various projects.

Mary Polites

Architectural Association | MAPS | USA

Mary Polites teaches studios, lectures and seminars related to biomimicry and environmental design at the Tongji Shanghai Design and Innovation College. Her background is in architecture with professional experience also in urban and landscape design. She completed her master of architecture at the Architectural Association in London in Emergent Technologies and Design program. She has taught at Washington State University and currently is a tutor for units at the AA Visiting School in Shanghai. At the D&I she directs the BiDL (Biomimetic Design Lab) in leading research focused of biomimetic design. Professionally, she is co-founder and director of MAPS, a Shanghai-based research and design collective focusing on the complexity of current social, economic and natural systems in China.

Ignacio López Busón

Architectural Association | MAPS | China

An architect and landscape urbanist from Spain, Ignacio holds masters in Architecture and Landscape Urbanism. His work is focused on the intersection of environmental science with computational tools in landscape design master planning. He has over 10 years of professional experience in Europe and in Asia and he is the co-founder of MAPS (Methods for the Architecture of Patterns and Systems), a research, teaching and design initiative which focus is to analyze the complexity of current social, economic and natural systems in China, and articulate design solutions for human-natural system integration at all scales. Ignacio has taught on courses and international workshops at the Architectural Association School of Architecture (AA), Shanghai AA Visiting School, Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD), Tongji University in Shanghai, and Turenscape Academy in Huangshan.

Diego Sáenz

Architectural Association | Guatemala

Guatemalan architect and designer, Diego completed his master in architecture, Design + Make, at Architectural Association's woodland campus, Hooke Park. His most recent work explores fabrication and design processes with innovative technologies and timber. As an architectural designer, he has worked on different projects in Spain, India, Norway and Guatemala