Marina Otero Verzier is Head of the Social Design Masters at Design Academy Eindhoven. From 2015 to 2022, she was the Director of Research at Het Nieuwe Instituut (HNI), the Dutch Institute for Architecture, Design and Digital Culture. At HNI, she led initiatives focused on questions on labour, extraction, and mental health from architectural and post-anthropocentric thinking, including “Automated Landscapes“, “BURN-OUT: Exhaustion on a planetary scale“, and “Lithium: States of Exhaustion.” Previously, she was Director of Global Network Programming at Studio-X, Columbia University GSAPP, in New York. Otero has been a co-curator at the Shanghai Art Biennial 2021, curator of the Dutch Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2018, and chief curator of the 2016 Oslo Architecture Triennale. She has co-edited Lithium: States of Exhaustion (2021) More-than-Human (2020), Unmanned: Architecture and Security Series (2016-20), Architecture of Appropriation (2019), Work, Body, Leisure (2018), and After Belonging (2016), among others. Otero studied at TU Delft and ETSA Madrid and Columbia University GSAPP. In 2016, she received her PhD at ETSA Madrid. Her PhD thesis, “Evanescent Institutions“, examines the emergence of new paradigms for institutions and the political implications of temporal and itinerant structures.