Ana Maria Marin. Caracas, Venezuela (1959)
Architect. FAU - UCV (1983). Architectural Design full professor at the mentioned university since 1986; where she also performed as Director of Extension and publications programs between 1996 and 2000. From 1991 until today, she has done extensive research on twentieth century heritage, developing studies and publications on several Venezuelan architects. The main achievement on this subject is the inclusion of the Ciudad Universitaria de Caracas at UNESCO´s World Heritage List.
For her academic work, Ana Maria Marin has received several official awards given by the School, the Faculty and the University where she has been teaching for more than 30 years now. In March 2004, she was honored with the Universidad Central de Venezuela, and Jose Maria Vargas medals at its unique class, in recognition “by the diligent and outstanding work in the preparation and management of the Ciudad Universitaria de Caracas´s dossier...”
Since 2000, she started to focus more deeply in Architectural Teaching as her main target of research. On this subject, she systematically documented Design Studio Ud9's teaching practice and -when in charge of the expansion program at her Faculty, she created the Axis Prize for excellence in architecture, structured as an students exhibition followed by a publication, conceived the FAU journal: Medio, and reactivating Punto, the most prestigious architecture magazine in Venezuela. In a country, with almost none architectural publications or exhibits, she persistently and successfully insists on undertaking dissemination as a matter of concern, managing to publish not only the students’ work; but also supporting and encouraging young authors. In 1997, 2007, 2013 and 2014, printed editions of Ud9's best students’ works were made, thanks to university's vice-rector financial support.
During 2014, Ana Maria Marin leads Design Studio 9 (Ud9), an academic unit with 25 teachers and approximately 270 students from 1st to 10th semester, where she also keeps teaching at first year and as thesis advisor. Currently, delves into research on contemporary teaching of architecture, main theme of her thesis and in ADU_2020/ Alfa III project, where she was the main Coordinator for Venezuela. Currently, she is the Year responsible for the Master Level in Umeå School of architecture and simultaneously teaches 4th and 5th year students Synthesis Studio been selected as Master Thesis Tutor.
Since her degree in architecture in 1983, she works as a practitioner architect in partnership with José Luis Sánchez at the Studio: S+M Architects; where, she’s mainly focused in architectural and urban design projects, while Sanchez, leads the small-scale projects such as Exhibition Design, Industrial products and Furniture, among others. Their work has been fully published and awarded, including the Honourable Prize at the Latin American Architecture Biennale (Quito's 1992) and the inclusion of two of their buildings at the Caracas Architecture Guide recently published by the Urban Institute in collaboration with the Cooperation Agency of the Junta de Andalucía.