Ana María León is an architect, a teacher, and a PhD graduate of the History, Theory, and Criticism of Architecture and Art group at MIT Architecture. Her work focuses on the intersection of modernity, politics, and architecture and art. Recent research includes an analysis of Brazilian architect Vilanova Artigas' design of the São Paulo School of Architecture (FAU-USP) building and curriculum in the context of his opposition to the expansion of US firms in Brazil. She has also compared the architectural pedagogy of the Open City, in Chile, with the subversive theater practice of prisoners in the nearby concentration camp of Ritoque. She has an Architecture Diploma from Universidad Católica in Guayaquil, a Master in Architecture from Georgia Tech and a Master in Design Studies with distinction from the Harvard GSD. Ana María has received several grants, fellowships, and awards, including Fulbright-LASPAU, the Gerald McCue Medal at Harvard, the MIT C.C. Royal Fund, the JAE Scholarship of Design Award, and the SAH de Montêquin Fellowship. She has taught at Georgia Tech COA, Harvard GSD Career Discovery, UCSG Arquitectura, UEES Arquitectura, and the Veneto Experience, and practiced as an architect in Atlanta, New York, and Guayaquil. Her scholarly research has been published in Log, thresholds, PLOT, and the Journal of Architectural Education, among others, and presented at institutions and conferences in Europe and the Americas. In 2013 she was the editor of thresholds, the journal of the MIT Department of Architecture. thresholds 41: REVOLUTION! turns to the history, design, and cultural production of the public realm as a site of dissensus. Her dissertation is titled "Surrealism for the Masses: Housing the Unconscious from Barcelona to Buenos Aires, 1938-1960." The project examines the housing projects of Catalan architect Antonio Bonet in Buenos Aires as mediators between the avant-garde's fascination with the unconscious and the state's mandate to control the crowds.
2015 Doctoral Dissertation: Surrealism for the Masses: Housing the Unconscious from Barcelona to Buenos Aires, 1938-1960
Prisoners of Ritoque: The Open City and the Ritoque Concentration Camp." Journal of Architectural Education. 66.1 (2012). "
Designing Dissent: Vilanova Artigas and the São Paulo School of Architecture. Ed. Ines Weizman. Architecture and the Paradox of Dissidence. London: Routledge, 2012.
Air Nationalism: Norman Foster and Fernando Romero’s Mexico City Airport. Vol. 2014. The Avery Review, 2014. New York: Office of Publications, Columbia GSAPP, 2014.