Isabel Gutiérrez Sánchez

Anthropology & Architecture

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My name is Isabel Gutiérrez Sánchez.  I am a researcher, educator and cultural facilitator with a background in architecture (TUBerlin-ETSAM, 2012), anthropology (UCM, 2014) and urban sociology (LSE, 2015). I did my PhD at the Bartlett School of Architecture (UCL, 2020). I have taught at the Bartlett School of Planning, the Department of Art History and the Development Planning Unit at the UCL. In the past, I practised as an architect and was a member of the editorial board of the journal Pasajes de Arquitectura y Crítica. 


My recent work explores practices and spaces of life in common and collective care within contemporary urban contexts marked by widespread processes of neoliberalisation and crisis, with a focus on grassroots infrastructures of social reproduction and self-organised cultural groups and spaces. I am particularly interested in the study and production of counter-narratives and imaginaries through ethnography, political fictions, architectural design and art projects. By means of experimental workshops, ethnographic methods, critical spatial practices, design, drawings, maps and interactive performances, I try my projects to grasp, present, theorise and/or propose forms of living together capable of moving away from capitalist, colonial and patriarchal logics of extraction, domination and alienation that prevail in our broken world. 

At present, I am part of Mouries Collective, a group of female researchers and artists based in Athens (Greece). Through our projects, we develop methods, thoughts and intuitions for creating connections with the beings who inhabit the land with us. Our collaborative work combines elements of performance, projections, collective healing and rituals, drawing and storytelling.

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