EDuCATOR OF ThE yEAR
University of california, Berkeley
maria-paz Gutierrez is a registered architect and
researcher focused on nature and multifunctional
material organizations. She became a registered
architect in chile and began teaching in the United
States in 2001 at the University of pennsylvania.
Gutierrez also taught at rensselaer polytechnic
Institute before joining the faculty of architecture
at Uc Berkeley.
In the past 10 years, she has developed a number of
new courses in the area of environmental/material
systems and new media. Her mentoring goes
beyond the field of architecture. In 2010 Gutierrez
became the first faculty of architecture to advise
ph.D. candidates at Uc Berkeley School of civil and
Her contributions at Uc Berkeley include developing
a seminar on multifunctional materials/environment
for the school’s graduate program and two series
that probe into sustainable building systems
located in extreme climatic and social conditions.
This curriculum has created an awareness of
current material research technologies, including
their relationships to the environment at scales of
analysis uncommon to architecture.