Alejandro de Castro Mazarro

Alejandro De Castro Mazarro is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Urban Planning program at Columbia GSAPP and a partner of the architecture office BuroA. At GSAPP, he coordinated the Latin Lab research group from 2010 to 2016, and teaches seminars and studios. In addition to GSAPP, he has taught at Harvard University, the Pratt Institute, the Technical University Darmstadt, the Institute of Urbanism of Grenoble, the International University of Catalunya in Barcelona, and Escola de Cidade (São Paulo).

Alejandro's work explores the rhetoric dimension of planning and architecture arguments delving with marginalized communities, to propose spatial practices that are sensitive to both form and policy. As a professional architect he has developed these ideas at the design of urban upgrading projects and at competition awarded projects for social infrastructure in public schools in Spain. In parallel, Alejandro has co-edited with Francisco Diaz the book "Who Cares of Chilean Cities" (ARQ and GSAPP Books), which investigates the problematic relationship between social actors and the production of public space in contemporary Chile. His research has been presented at conferences in San Juan (Puerto Rico), Rio de Janeiro, Singapore, Hong Kong, Morelia (Mexico) and Cambridge (United Kingdom); published at Elsevier's encyclopedia "House and Home"; and exhibited at the Guggenheim Museum "Participatory City: 100 Urban Trends" show in New York.

Alejandro Castro Mazarro received his degree in Architecture from the University of Seville (Spain), a Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University in New York, and a Phd in Architecture from the University of Alcala in Madrid.


Course Semester Title Student Work Instructor Syllabus Requirements & Sequence Location & Time Session & Points Call No.
Pla6605‑1 Spring 2018
Historical Development of Urban Informality
Alejandro de Castro Mazarro
200 Buell
TH 9 AM - 11 AM
Full Semester
3 Points
Pla4022‑1 Fall 2017
Fundamentals of Urban Digital Design
Alejandro de Castro Mazarro Analytics
201 Fayerweather, UP Computer Lab
F 2 PM - 4 PM; LAB F 4 PM - 6 PM
Full Semester
3 Points
Pla6088‑1 Fall 2017
Introduction to International Development
Marcela Tovar-Restrepo, Alejandro de Castro Mazarro International
201 Fayerweather
Tu 5 PM - 7 PM
Full Semester
3 Points