Franca López Barbera is an Argentinian designer and researcher based in Berlin. In her work, she critically addresses the power structures that configure and are configured by design, particularly at the intersection between nature, coloniality, gender, and ethics.
She is currently a PhD candidate at the Institute of History and Theory of Architecture, University of Braunschweig where she examines the introduction of consent in design-nature relations against extractive regimes.
Prior to this, Franca has practiced several forms of design. She designed accessories for high fashion brands such as
and collaborated with non-profits and academic institutions. Franca studied Industrial Design at the University of Buenos Aires and holds an MSc. in Design Research from the Anhalt University with the Bauhaus Foundation in Dessau and the Humboldt University in Berlin. In 2021, she curated Monte Abierto, the Argentinian pavilion for the London Design Biennale and is currently Editor at Futuress, a feminist platform for design politics.