Carola Ureta Marín is a London-based Chilean designer and visual translator specialised in editorial, cultural development and historical research projects. Last year, she was part of the curatorial team of the Chilean Pavilion at London Design Biennale 2021 – hosted at Somerset House – which won the medal for the most outstanding overall contribution. The pavilion was entitled Tectonic Resonances: from human-centered design to planet-oriented design.
In 2019, she created The City as Text [La Ciudad como Texto], a collaborative digital platform that allows online visitors to partake in a virtual walk through 2.4km of Santiago de Chile's main avenue during a specific date and time. In 2020, she turned these visual and textual recordings into a book that is currently in its second edition (December, 2021). Her other publications include the award-winning book Luis Fernando Rojas: Obra Gráfica 1875-1942, celebrating the body of work of the pioneering Chilean photojournalist and visual chronicler.
Ureta Marín was a lead researcher and graphic producer of Diseño Nacional, a website for the dissemination of the history of design and material culture in Chile between 1840 and 1940. She is also a frequent public speaker participating in international congresses on Design History and Design Studies in Buenos Aires (2015), Taipei (2016), Medellin and Barcelona (2018), New York (2020), and Quebec (2021). During 2020-2021 she was a member of the Walkative Project, becoming president of RCA's Walkative Society (2020-2021), exploring how walking can trigger processes of thinking, researching, collaborating, and making. In this context, she organised different walks in London, online talks and interviewed different people related to this field, such as Francesco Carreri.
Ureta Marín obtained her BS in Design from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (2012), an MA in Cultural Management from Universidad de Chile (2015), and is currently finishing her second MA in Visual Communication at the Royal College of Art in London, UK.