In addition to our official partnership with UN-Habitat and RMIT University, our partnership with the International Federation of Red Cross (IFRC) enables our program to feature a 3-week, IFRC-approved Human Shelter & Settlements course taught by professionals from the IFRC as well as from other organizations like MSF, AECID, JRS International and Cal-Earth. We regularly collaborate with more than a dozen other organizations that provide our students with internships every year.
Carmen Mendoza ArroyoCo-director
Architect and PhD in Urban Design and Planning. Associate Professor at UIC School of Architecture. She is co-founder of the firm DAC Arquitectura, Rehabilitació i Urbanisme, which specialize in developing urban projects and the design of open spaces and social facilities. Her research is focused on the physical and social regeneration of degraded neighborhoods in the Metropolitan Region of Barcelona and informal settlements in South America.
Assistant professor at UIC School of Architecture and at ETSAB-UPC. President of University without Borders –USF, where she develops urban planning and social and educational facilities with social participation. Co-founder of Bestraten Hormias Arquitecture, which pecializes in sustainable projects using ecological materials such as timber and rammed earth. Her research is focused on housing and cooperation in developing countries.
Raquel ColaciosProgram Coordinator
Architect and Master in International Cooperation: Sustainable Emergency Architecture, UIC. She is professor and co-director of the Area of Cooperation of the UIC School of Architecture. Her research is focused on the recognition and reinterpretation of the social infrastructure layer through a process of living and mapping social networks as part of the urban design process. She is co-founder of the firm TAAB6 Architects in Barcelona, whose activity extends to countries like France, Belgium, Vietnam, and India among others.
Allison KoornneefAssistant Program Coordinator
Allison is from Toronto, Canada and has a background in Environmental Design from OCAD University. As a graduate of our 2012-13 class, her thesis analyzed participatory data gathering processes in informal settlements, and during her internship with SPARC in Mumbai, India, she contributed to a sanitation survey using GIS mapping. She is passionate about water and sanitation, mapping, and participatory action as sustainable development.
Ana CañizaresCommunications Officer
Born in Spain to Cuban parents, Ana graduated in Communications with a concentration in Visual Arts while studying in London, after having lived in the US for 15 years. She is based in Barcelona where she has worked as an architecture editor for international book publishers and written for Next City, FRAME and Wallpaper*. As communications officer she manages the master program's website, blog and social media presence.
Isabelle AnguelovskiEnvironmental justice
Social scientist. PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her research is situated at the intersection of environmental policy and planning, social inequality, and development studies. Her recent research has examined environmental mobilization and revitalization in low-income and minority neighborhoods in the Global North and South. She has worked for international development organizations and consults for NGOs on indigenous peoples’ rights, urban and environmental planning, gender policy, and urban climate mitigation and adaptation programs.
Emilio HormiasLow-cost building technologies
Associate Professor at EPSEB-UPC. Coordinator of the NGO University without Borders – USF. Emilio implements social and educational facilities and planning projects in developing countries and his research is focused on building restoration and low cost materials. He is also co-funder of the firm Bestraten Hormias Arquitectura SLP, in Barcelona.
Mbongeni NgulubeDevelopment practice & Diaspora
Architect and Urban Designer. Worked in South Africa and founder of MNA architects, Johannesburg. Master in International Cooperation in Urban Development (TUD, Germany) and in Housing, Urbanisation and Sustainability in Developing Contexts (UIC, Spain). Currently a Doctoral researcher in the Anthropology of Development and Urbanism at the Institute for Anthropological Research in Africa (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium), his research focuses on the impact of diaspora and social movements on development.
Apen RuizCultural heritage & Gender in development
PhD in Anthropology. Her research is focused on the history of anthropology and archaeology and how they relate to broader issues of nationalism, colonialism and the emergence of cultural patrimony. She is currently writing a book about women archaeologists in Mexico and their particular intervention in the discipline. She combines her research and teaching (UOC and UPF) with her work as a cultural consulting for environmental impact projects.
Pere VallCultural landscapes
Architect. PhD in Urban Design and Planning. Associate Professor at UIC School of Architecture. His research is focused on cultural landscapes and regional development. He is co founder of the Llobregat Colonies’ River Park, an initiative of territorial revaluation based on cultural heritage, which has received several awards. In this field, he has developed projects and plans and he has also published several papers. He is currently working on the study of the sprawl repair through heritage networks.
Kathrin Golda-PongratzMigration & Self-organizing urbanization
Architect, urban researcher and photographer. PhD in Urban Planning from Karlsruhe University. She is professor of international urbanism at the University of Applied Sciences in Frankfurt, Germany, guest professor at the Universidad Nacional de Ingeniería in Lima, Peru and teaches urbanism at La Salle School of Architecture in Barcelona. Her research focuses on urbanization processes and migration, Latin American urbanism, informal urbanism, housing policies, structural changes of urban societies, urban renewal and place-making strategies, public space, and urban memory.
Hug MarchPolitical ecology & Economy of urbanization
PhD in Environmental Sciences from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), 2010. Hug is a research fellow at the Internet Interdisciplinary Institute (IN3), Universitat Oberta de Catalunya. His research is focused on the political ecology and economy of urbanization and has contributed to debates around urban water infrastructure and water provision. He has contributed to over 20 publications to journals in the fields of Geography, Environmental Studies/Sciences, Urban Studies and Economics, among other disciplines.
Marta BenagesSuburban spaces & Collective identity
PhD in Architecture, UIC Barcelona (2015). Assistant professor at the School of Architecture UIC Barcelona. Marta's research focuses on qualitative methodologies and access to communities' experiential knowledge, working within urbanism, landscape planning and environmental psychology. In this field, she studies the process of appropriation of open spaces in metropolitan areas in order to recognize people-place bonds and citizen engagement to landscapes of collective identity.
Lorenzo ChelleriUrban sustainability & Resilience
PhD in Urban Geography. He is currently a Postodctoral Research Fellow at the Gran Sasso Science Institute (GSSI Cities), and founder member and coordinator of the Urban Resilience Research Network. He has worked for the European Environment Agency, and has been involved in different European and international projects on climate resilience and urban sustainability. His main research interest is around the social implications of urban transitions.
Marie AquilinoThe Haiti Water Atlas Consortium
PhD, Brown University. Marie is a specialist in contemporary urban redevelopment, post-disaster reconstruction, risk mitigation and recovery. She is the founder of Water Atlas Consortium, a diverse team of specialists who work together at the intersections of water science, big data, public health and cartography for water ministries in developing countries and is currently part of an international working group on the reconstruction of Haiti, as well as a former laureate of the Partner University Fund for her work in Titanyen. She was professor of architectural history at Ecole Spéciale de l’Architecture, and is author of Beyond Shelter and the online publication Abiding Architecture.
Paul CabreraMSF - Spain
Architect. Master in Architecture, Urban Planning and Technologies for Developing Countries (Politecnico di Torino). Building Design and Engineering Approaches to Infection Control Course (Harvard School of Public Health). He worked an architect and urban planner in the Balkan region after the war, supported MSF’s medical projects in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Pakistan and Liberia and is currently a technical referent for Construction and Sheltering at the MSF Spain Headquarters. He participates actively in the emergency phase and strategic planning of reconstruction of emergencies such as the January 2010 earthquake in Haiti.
Eric is a designer, writer and post-disaster expert, having led on-the-ground reconstruction programs after the Haiti earthquake, the Great East Japan Tsunami, and Superstorm Sandy. He has been called “Architecture’s First Responder” by The Daily Beast for his work leading Architecture for Humanity’s post-disaster programs from 2010 to 2014, and is currently working on his second book about how foreign and economic policies of the developed nations aggravate the conditions that lead to catastrophic disasters. He currently works as the Special Projects Director for the Curry Stone Design Prize and co-hosts Social Design Insights, a weekly podcast with the leading voices of the social design movement.
Nathaniel CorumSustainable Native Communities Collaborative
Architect with degrees from Stanford and the University of Texas at Austin, Nathaniel is the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship and a Rose Architectural Fellowship. Previously the Head of Education Outreach at Architecture for Humanity and a Senior ECPA Fellow under the auspices of the U.S. Department of State, he is Design Director at SNCC and collaborates with international teams and tribal communities on planning and design/build projects. Author of Building a Straw Bale House, his work has featured in Architect Magazine, Humanitarian Architecture, and The New York Times.
Teddy CruzUniversity of California San Diego
Originally from Guatemala Teddy Cruz a Professor of Public Culture and Urbanization in the Department of Visual Arts at the University of California, San Diego. He is known internationally for his urban research on the Tijuana/San Diego border, advancing border neighborhoods as sites of cultural production from which to rethink urban policy, affordable housing, and public space. Recipient of the Rome Prize in Architecture in 1991, his honors include representing the US in the 2008 Venice Architecture Biennale, the Ford Foundation Visionaries Award in 2011, and the 2013 Architecture Award from the US Academy of Arts and Letters.
Alejandro de CastroLatin Lab, GSAPP Columbia University
Architect with a Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University in New York and a PhD in Architecture, he coordinated GSAPP’s Latin Lab from 2010 to 2016 and has taught at Harvard University, the Pratt Institute and the Technical University Darmstadt, among others. Alejandro's work explores the rhetorical dimension of planning and architecture in marginalized communities to propose spatial practices that are sensitive to both form and policy.
Fonna FormanUniversity of California San Diego
Fonna Forman is a Professor of Political Theory and Founding Director of the Center on Global Justice at the University of California, San Diego. A theorist of ethics and public culture, her work focuses on human rights at the urban scale, climate justice in cities, and equitable urban development in the global south. She serves as Vice-Chair of the University of California Climate Solutions Group, and on the Global Citizenship Commission (advising UN policy on human rights).
Architect, Universidad Central de Venezuela. Co-Founder and Director of LAB.PRO.FAB (Laboratory of Design and Fabrication), a cross-disciplinary practice focused on the renewal and resuscitation of inactive landscapes and degraded social contexts with a strong focus on reuse, recycling and the application of local intelligence. He is a professor and member of the academic committee of design at the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism at Universidad Central de Venezuela, won the The International Award for Public Art in 2013 for the ongoing project Tiuna El Fuerte Cultural Park, and has published research papers in Argentina, Chile, Brazil and Peru.
Nabeel HamdiOxford Brookes University
Architect. He is Professor Emeritus of Housing and Urban Development at Oxford Brookes University, where he set up the highly successful Masters in Development Practice in 1992. He is a teaching fellow at The Development Planning Unit, University College London, has been an Arup Fellow at the University of Cape Town and is adjunct professor at the National University of Technology, Trondhiem, Norway. An advocate of small-scale change at grass-roots level, Nabeel has consulted on participatory action planning and upgrading of slums in cities to all major international development agencies, and to NGOs worldwide. He is the author of several landmark publications, including Small Change and Housing without Houses.
Clara IrazabalColumbia University GSAPP
Architect. Master in Architecture and Urban Design and Planning. PhD in Architecture. Former head of GSAPP's Latin Lab, she is directs the Latina/o Studies Program and is Professor of Planning in the Department of Architecture, Urban Planning + Design at the University of Missouri, Kansas City. She has worked as consultant, researcher, and professor in South America, Europe, Asia and the US. She explores social justice struggles manifested in processes of transformation of urban space and how markers of minoritized identity and their intersections with one another are negatively impacted by planning processes, when the supposed mandates of planning urge respect, celebration, and nurturing of diversity.
Aditya KumarUnited Nations Relief and Works Agency
Aditya has a master degree in Architecture MR+D (Metropolitan Research and Design) from the Southern California Institute of Architecture, in Los Angeles. He work focuses on supporting communities living in poverty stricken slums in Southern and Eastern Africa, with a strong focus on South African slums, townships, housing and backyard communities. He has an outstanding work which comprises among others the reconstruction of Nahr El Bared Palestinian refugee camp, and is Head of the Design and Planning Unit of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency in Tripoli, Lebanon.
Camillo BoanoBartlett Development Planning Unit, UCL
Architect, urbanist and theorist, Camillo is Senior Lecturer at The Bartlett Development Planning Unit, University College of London (UCL), where he directs the MSc in Building and Urban Design in Development. He has over 20 years of experience in research, design consultancy and development work in South America, Middle East, Eastern Europe and South East Asia. His research interests revolve around the encounters between critical theory, radical philosophy with urban and architectural design processes where collective agency and politics encounters urban narratives and aesthetics, especially those emerging in informal and contested urbanisms.
Chief of the Urban Risk Reduction Unit, UN-Habitat, Kenya. Dan has worked for UN-Habitat since 1997 based in Somalia, Kosovo and Nairobi, and has managed the global portfolio of disaster and conflict related work of the Agency since 2002. As a civil engineer and private consultant, he has worked in urban reconstruction and housing programs in South Africa and Chile as well as with First Nations communities in his home region on Vancouver Island, Canada since 1987. He is currently leading the implementation of UN-Habitat's City Resilience Profiling Program based in Barcelona aimed at designing new standards for measuring, monitoring and building resilience in cities globally.
Sergio PalleroniPortland State University
Architect. MSArchS in History Theory & Criticism from the MIT. Co-founder of BaSiC Initiative, he has worked on housing and community development in the developing world since the 1970’s, both for not-for-profit, governmental, and international development and relief agencies such as the United Nations and the World Bank, and the governments of Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Nicaragua, India and Taiwan. He is Professor and Fellow of the new Center for Sustainable Processes and Practices at Portland State University and has received numerous awards, including the prestigious AIA Latrobe Prize in 2011.
Architect, specialized in construction by ETSAM. She has worked as an architect for seven years in Spain before working in international cooperation with the Red Cross in 2005. Since then she has coordinated emergency shelter response and post-disaster reconstruction programs in Sri Lanka, Peru, Senegal, Haiti and the Philippines. She is currently based in Geneva, Switzerland, working with the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) in the Shelter & Settlement department as the focal point for training and support operations.
Veronica SánchezSpanish Red Cross
An architect specialized in refugee camps and informal settlements, Veronica is an expert in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) in international development and emergencies. She combines her professional activity with research and teaching in master and postgraduate courses at various universities and is currently writing her PhD thesis on Ebola Management Centres. She has worked as a technical supervisor and coordinator for various Ebola Treatment Centers for the IFRC and the Red Cross in Sierra Leone, and in 2011 she cofounded n'UNDO, an architecture studio centered on the notion of non-construction, minimization and reutilization.
Gonzalo Sánchez-TeránJesuit Refugee Service International
Gonzalo has worked for the last eleven years organizing, managing and implementing emergency projects in refugee and IDP camps in Guinea Conakry, Liberia, Côte d’Ivoire, Chad and Ethiopia. He is also a regular tutor and lecturer for the International Diploma on Humanitarian Assistance at Fordham University, New York, and for the Humanitarian Cooperation Masters at Comillas University, Madrid. He has published extensively on African Geopolitics and Humanitarian Assistance through articles and books.
Andreas SchifferWASH & Logistics
Andreas has over 25 years experience in humanitarian responses to disasters and conflicts. He has worked with NGOs such as MSF, Acción contra el Hambre and Intermon Oxfam as a logistician, coordinator, WASH expert, consultant, trainer and researcher in numerous countries around the world. Since 2006 he works as a freelance consultant and trainer, organizing courses in humanitarian logistics and WASH with his enterprise FLASH, dedicated to strengthening the impact of humanitarian actors through practical, technical and bespoke training for NGO staff and other professionals looking to improve their impact in the humanitarian field.
Reena TiwariCurtin University
Architect. Masters in Urban Design. PhD in Urban Studies. Reena is Associate Professor in the Departments of Urban & Regional Planning and Architecture at Curtin University of Technology Perth, Australia. Her expertise is in Urban Design and Urban Theory and has a global perspective and wide ranging experience on city growth and development. Reena received Australian National Award for her outstanding contribution to student learning for developing a cross-disciplinary and integrative approach to teaching urban theory and design, blurring boundaries between class room and the ‘real world’ experience.
"The master has improved consistently in recent years and recruits students that are committed and highly capable. Very impressed by both the administration, and students. A top program."− Sergio Palleroni, Portland State University
"As an educator who has leveraged over 500 students from some 20 design schools in real-world, hands-on workshops, I feel confident stating that the UIC Master is a very high quality opportunity for young public-interest design practitioners in a world that appears to need such professionals more each day. "− Nathaniel Corum, Professor
"An excellent and unique course that is internationally recognized, and recently referenced at a presentation at Harvard University as exemplar of good teaching, organization and content."− Nabeel Hamdi, Professor, Oxford Brookes University
"Having been involved in the master since its inception as a student, I have witnessed its evolution firsthand in all aspects; particularly under its current manangement, the master has never been better. The quality of students it attracts and their subsequent work output has increased annually during my time teaching here. "− Mbongeni Ngulube, Professor