Ismaelly Peña is a architectural designer and researcher. Since joining Peter Tolkin Architecture she has worked on a variety of projects including: the Santa Monica Yacht Club in Santa Monica, interior renovations to the Sunset Marquis Hotel in West Hollywood, additions to the Holly Vista Residence, a residence in Oak Park, on the entitlement process for a residence in Malibu, and on a number of art installations.
As a graduate student at Columbia’s School of Architecture she worked as a research assistant to professor Jorge Otero Pailos and as an editor to GSAPP’s Abstract Magazine. On completing her studies in 2012, Ismaelly worked with a number of curators, artists, and designers including Marisa Jhan and Mary Miss. At Mary Miss Studio her efforts were focused on the urban project Broadway 1000 Steps and a subsequent exhibition at the Center for Architecture in New York.
Ismaelly received her Bachelor of Architecture degree from Woodbury University and Master’s degree in Critical, Curatorial and Conceptual Practices (CCCP) from Columbia’s Graduate School of Architecture. At Columbia her research and thesis concentrated on the representation and curation of socially engaged architecture.