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Adriana Chavez

Adriana Chavez is an Adjunct Assistant Professor who holds a master’s degree from Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD) in Urbanism, Landscape and Ecology and a Master in Architecture II. She graduated in 2014 and was recipient of the Urban Project Prize. She is the co-founder of ORU, Office for Urban Resilience, a design think tank that focuses on implementing innovative solutions for cities through urban design and landscape infrastructure with a water sensitive approach. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Architecture from Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City where she graduated with honors in 2008.

Her experience ranges within the public, private and development banks sectors. She has been a consultant for the Interamerican Development Bank (IDB) at the Urban Development and Housing (HUD) within the Emergent and Sustainable Cities Program in Mexico. She has also worked as an urban resilience advisor for Mexico City’s Resilience Office within the initiative 100 Resilient Cities pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation. She collaborated closely to the CDMX Chief Resilience Officer Arnoldo Matus, participating on the creation of Mexico City’s Resilience Strategy, leading urban planning and mobility areas. Within the resilience office, she contributed largely to build the urban resilience agenda in the city, contributing in projects such as “Towards a Water Sensitive Mexico City” in collaboration with CDMX Public Space Authority, De Urbanisten and Deltares. Adriana has also been an advisor for the Santiago Regional Government carrying out the Santiago’s Resilience Strategy.

She is part of the Strategic Group of Advisors (GAES) for the Ministry of Agrarian, Territorial and Urban Development (SEDATU) in Mexico. In 2018, she was selected for the Dutch Visitors Program, created by the Government of the Netherlands to promote emerging talents in the fields of urban design and water resilience. In 2012, she was recipient of the Cemex Award, Marcelo Zambrano Architect awarded to a talented emerging professional in Mexico every year.

Adriana has also been a professor at Universidad Iberoamericana at the thesis studio CEMEX: Cátedra Blanca, together with Diego Ricalde and Emmanuel Ramirez. She has also been a professor at the Architectural Association Visiting School in Mexico City (2016 and 2017 editions) and at the Urban Design Studio in Universidad Anáhuac in Mexico City. In 2015, she was an Associate Professor in Landscape Architecture co-instructing a design studio with Iñaki Echeverria at Harvard Graduate School of Design. She has collaborated as research assistant in the Harvard Graduate School of Design at the INFONAVIT Project on Social Housing, the ZOFNAS Project for Sustainable Infrastructure and Exumas Lab. She also collaborated with the Urban Risk Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Opsys working as Research Assistant for “The Haiti Evacuation System Initiative” for the World Bank. In 2012, she worked and conducted research in Thailand, collaborating with the NGO, Design for Disasters.


Course Semester Title Student Work Instructor Syllabus Requirements & Sequence Location & Time Session & Points Call No.
A4528‑1 Summer 2024
Digital Techniques
Adriana Chavez, Chris Landau, Donnal Baijnauth
F 1 PM - 4 PM
3 Points
A6851‑1 Spring 2024
Urban Design Studio III
Aud kateorff mrunmayimandan priyalshah yichiwang heejungkim sp24 scenarioview3
Msaudorff florentinaanastasia candelariagassiebayle saloneeghosh jessy rojas 01cover
Msaud kateorff tharikaraman karrthiksubramanian manaralrougi sarikayadav sp24 05longsection
Kate Orff, Thaddeus Pawlowski, Adriana Chavez, Dilip da Cunha, Geeta Mehta, Claudia Herasme
M + TH 1:30 PM - 6:30 PM; F 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
9 Points