Jose Luis Vallejo is an Adjunct Associate Professor at Columbia GSAPP. He is co-founder and co-director of the firm Ecosistema Urbano established in 2000 in Madrid.
The firm’s approach can be defined as urban social design by which they understand the design of environments, spaces, dynamics and tools in order to improve the self-organization of citizens, social interaction within communities and their relationship with the environment.
Ecosistema Urbano has used this philosophy to design and implement projects in urban contexts from different countries: Norway, Denmark, Spain, Italy, France, China, Russia, Paraguay, Bahamas, Ecuador, Bahrein, Honduras, USA, etc…
He has led workshops, lectured and taught at the most prestigious institutions worldwide. Since 2010 he has been faculty at Harvard University Graduate School of Design in Cambridge and Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation in New York.