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Past Latin Lab Researchers

Rosane Araújo

Rosane is an architect and urban planner from Rio de Janeiro. She has a Master’s degree and Ph.D. in Urban Planning from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) and a post-doctorate degree in Urban Planning, sponsored by CAPES. She is a visiting scholar at Columbia University and her research is focused on concepts of contemporary cities embraced by new technologies. She has written the book  “The City is Me,” which brings together contemporary urban planning and psychoanalysis.  Rosane works as an architect in Rio de Janeiro, is a director of ECIA, an architecture and urban planning firm, and president of NovaMente, a research center.

Caroline Bauer

Caroline is in her second year at GSAPP's Urban Planning Masters program. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from Mount Holyoke College in 2009. Caroline's academic interests include supply-chain dynamics and the ways in which urban design can influence social patterns. 

Ricardo Bravo

Ricardo is an undergraduate student of architecture at Instituto de Arquitectura, Diseño y Arte of the Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juarez in Mexico. His research interests include social urbanism and landscape architecture. He was a research assistant on a book about the PRONAF (a program concerning Mexico and United States borders) and is currently working on his dissertation, an architectural project for a museum conceived as a part of a Border Cultural Park.

Gabriela Callejas

Gabriela is an architect and urban designer for the NYC Department of City Planning who also teaches in GSAPP’s Urban Design program. Gabriela studied architecture in São Paulo, FAU-USP, from 2003 to 2009. Since 2007 she has worked in many design offices and has participated in projects within different scales and approaches, including: urban design proposals at  Vigliecca & Associados; architectural solutions for informal settlements; a strategic plan for Paraisopolis, the second largest favela in São Paulo;  and most recently, large-scale housing proposals at COHAB, the Public Housing Company in São Paulo. She has a Master’s degree in Urban Design from GSAPP.

Andrés Carter

Andrés researches slum upgrading for the UN Habitat – Project for Public Spaces partnership on informal settlements, focusing on slum upgrade programs such as Morar Carioca in Rio de Janeiro. He is also founder of EcoHab Lab, an enterprise in its early-stage that promotes community workshops in ecological design as a strategy for developing housing solutions in urban areas with large housing deficits. He is currently involved in designing a prototypical ecological home and housing unit, and plans to launch EcoHab Lab’s pilot project in eastern Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Ana Castro

Ana is a Ph.D. candidate at the School of Architecture and Urbanism at the Universidade de São Paulo (FAU-USP), and Associate Professor at "Escola de Cidade" Architecture and Planning School in São Paulo since 2007. Her research and teaching focuses on the contribution that foreigners make to the construction of cities—particularly in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. She has published "The São Paulo of Menotti del Picchia" (Alameda, 2008); and co-organized "Caminhos do Elevado" (Imprensa Oficial, 2008) on the architectural proposals for São Paulo's Highline. 

Tomás Errázuriz

Tomás is a professor at the Universidad Católica del Maule and the associate director of the Center of Urban and Territorial Studies. He is a historian and Ph.D. in Architecture and Urban Studies at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. His research interest is on everyday life and material culture in Latin America from the early 20th century to the present. He has published several works on mobility history in Chile and Latin America, the history of social housing and the history of photography. He has received scholarships and grants from Mecesup, Conicyt, Fondart, Shot, T2M, etc. 

Patrick Lamson-Hall

Patrick is a first-year Masters of Urban Planning student at New York University's Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. His specialization is International Planning, and his research interests include transportation policy, agriculture, business development, and housing. He is currently a research assistant for a book concerning urban expansion in the developing world. He is also employed as a business journalist and editor. Prior to attending NYU, he worked as a journalist and urban researcher in Portland, Oregon. He has a B.A. in Liberal Studies from Portland State University.

Milagros Lecuona

Milagros co-teaches a studio at the GSAPP Urban Planning Masters program, is the principal at Lecuona Associates, and is a councilwoman in the city of White Plains since 2008. Milagros studied Architecture in Barcelona and holds a BS in Architecture from the University of Madrid Spain, where she majored in Urban Planning. She has dual master’s degrees from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and GSAPP. She is the co-chair of Tappan bridge Park Alliance, a newly formed organization in Westchester to save and reuse the Old Tappan Zee Bridge, and hosts a radio show, “Livable Cities” that airs Fridays from 2 to 3pm on Wvox worldwide. 

Carolina Ruiz

Carolina is in her senior year of her bachelor’s degree in Architecture at the Autonomous University of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. Her research interests include sustainable urban planning, informal settlements and social urbanism. Carolina recently participated on an internship for Latin Lab and currently is working as a research assistant on a forthcoming book about the 1960’s Mexico-United States Border program (PRONAF) and its repercussions on Ciudad Juarez today. She is working on her dissertation, an architectural project on to design a Science Museum.

Carlos Salazar

Carlos is an architect with a Master’s degree in Urban and Social Policy from the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) at Columbia University.   He also has a Master’s degree in Regional Planning and Development from Universidad de Los Andes in Colombia. His research interests include developing innovative solutions to the problems of ever-growing urban areas. He has done extensive work on slum-rehabilitation projects in Kenya and Ghana and has worked as a consultant on urban policy issues related to infrastructure development in Mexico and Colombia. 

Lília Sodré

Lília is a second-year Master’s degree student in Architecture and Urban Planning studying Contemporary Project Approaches at the Federal University of Niterói—UFF—in Brazil. Her research interests include informal communities, social housing and urban revitalization. While studying at UFF, Lília has been working as an urban designer for slum-upgrading projects for Morar Carioca in Rio de Janeiro. Lília also works as a freelance concept designer for a Hong Kong-based architecture firm. She has a B.A. in Architecture and Urban Design from Rio de Janeiro Federal University – UFRJ.

Lucrecia Montemayor Solano

Lucrecia is a first year Master’s student in Urban Planning at GSAPP. She received a Master’s degree in City Design and Social Science from the London School of Economics and has a B.A in Architecture from the Institúto Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico. Her research interests include governance structures, urban revitalization and housing policies. Lucrecia worked as consultant and researcher in the north of Mexico and as an architect/urban designer with Jose Castillo at arquitectura 911 in Mexico City.