Cristina Goberna Pesudo

Director of the Master in Critical Design

Cristina Goberna is an architect, critic, and educator director of Architectural Agonism, which she founded in New York City in 2008. She works as architect and as expert consultant in architecture, cities, critical thought and for museums, governments, and institutions and as organizer/frequent speaker in international round tables, juries, events and lectures. She is an architectural critic for the magazine El Ministerio de Ctxt.

Architectural Agonism proposes futures by the exploration of the potential of Agonism or positive dissensus to reveal spaces frequently forgotten by the discipline, and their relationship with politics, society, culture and the environment. Her production has been widely and internationally awarded, published (A+U, Log, Volume, Bauwelt, Domus…) exhibited in Biennials (Venice, Hong-Kong, Lisbon, Buenos Aires, Oslo, Chicago, Spain…) and museums/galleries around the world (MoMA, Guggenheim, Centre Georges Pompidou, Chicago Art Institute among many others). AA’s work has been acquired by the Centre George Pompidou (Paris) and the Chicago Art Institute (Chicago) for their permanent collections.

She has taught among other places at Columbia University GSAPP (New York), MIT (Cambridge, Boston), Cooper Union (New York), Royal College of Art (London), Sydney UTS (Sydney) or IE University (Madrid), institutions where she has coordinated various courses, thesis and research projects. She is a PhD Candidate at the RMIT University Architecture and Urban Studies School (Melbourne) Research Through Practice Programme. She was educated at Columbia University (New York) as a Fulbright grantee, at the European Graduate School (SaaS-Fee, Switzerland), New York University, MACBA Independent Studies Programme PEI (Barcelona), ETSAB (Barcelona) and ETSAS (Sevilla).

After 13 years in New York she is currently based in Barcelona, where she works internationally and locally.