Adriana Abdenur

(United States, The New School)

Dr. Abdenur earned her Ph.D. in Sociology from Princeton University. She is Assistant Professor of International Affairs at The New School and a faculty fellow at the India China Institute. Her research interests include international development, urban inequality, education and environment sociology. She is currently working on two research projects, both are interregional. The first is a comparative study of how the intensification of the economic competence has transformed urban planning and metropolis policies in the emerging economies. The second is a study on cooperative linkages among Brazil, South Africa, India and China.

Judit Carrera
(Spain, Centro de Cultura Contemporánea de Barcelona)

Judit Carrera got a degree in Political Sciences at the Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona (1992-1996). Later , she studied at the Institut d’ Études Politiques of Paris (1996-1998), where she obtained a Diplôme d’ Études Approfondies in Political Philosophy with a thesis on “Public Space and democracy”. From 2002, she is the director of Debates and the Centro de Documentación del Centro de Cultura Contemporánea de Barcelona (CCCB). Previously, in Paris, she worked at the Office of Analysis and Forecast of the UNESCO (1997-1999), where she prepared the information for the official trips of the General Director and participated in the research for the prospective reports The World Ahead: Our Future in the Making (UNESCO/Zed Books, 2001) and Keys to the 21st Century (UNESCO Berghahn, 2001). Later she worked in the Forum Barcelona 2004 (1999-2000) and in the Department of Foreign Relations of the City Council of Barcelona (2001-2003), where she was involved in the coordination of the worldwide network of cities with the system of United Nations and in the organization “Ciudades y gobiernos locales unidos”.

Fernando Carrión
(Ecuador, Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales – FLACSO)

Fernando Carrión is an architect and graduate of the Universidad Central del Ecuador (1972-75) and later a Masters degree in Regional Urban Development from the Colegio de México (1979-82). He has taken several courses in various countries of the region. His areas of specialization are: decentralization, historical centers, citizen security, urban policies, local development, housing, urban development and planning. At the present time, he works as editor of the newspaper HOY (1993-2008, more than 500 articles); Councilman for the Metropolitan District of Quito; Coordinator of the Urban Studies Program at the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences, FLACSO-Ecuador (1996-2008); President of the Latin American and Caribbean Historical Centers Organization “OLACCHI”; and Latin American representative to the ExCom and the Administrative Committee of ICLEI. He works also as professor, researcher, consultant and technical assistant. He has participated as an educator, lecturer and speaker in different courses, workshops, congresses and seminars in several Latin America countries, the United States and Europe. He published 18 books and approximately 150 articles in different books and academic magazines from Latin America, the United States and Europe.

Adriana Clemente
(Argentina, International Institute for Environment and Development, IIED – Latin America and Facultad de Ciencias Sociales, Universidad de Buenos Aires – FCS UBA)

Adriana Clemente is a social scientist, specializing in social policies, and a graduate of the Universidad de Buenos Aires (UBA). She is a professor and researcher at the UBA (Category I), and between 2000 and 2004 she worked as Director of its Social Work Program. She is a researcher member of the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED-AL) and Co-director of the international magazine Environment and Urbanization (IIED-AL). Between 1998 and 2007 she worked as the coordinator for the urban poverty area at the IIED-AL. Between 2002 and 2004, she was coordinator of the Program of Institutional Strengthening of Alliances against Poverty in Latin America (FORTAL). As a researcher at IIED-AL, in the last 10 years she led the implementation of multiple programs (both in research and management) related to urban problems and local decentralization, with particular interest in issues such as habitat, poverty and citizen participation. She is author of numerous articles and books, including: “Descentralización, Políticas Sociales y Participación Democrática en Argentina”, IIED-AL/WWC, 2004 (Comp.); “Consejos Consultivos y Democracia Participativa en Argentina”, CENOC/IIED-AL, 2005; “Pobreza, Desarrollo y Alianzas Multiactorales; Balance y perspectivas”, Ed.IIED-AL, 2005 (Editor); “Decentralization and Social Expenditure at the Municipal Level in Argentina”, in Decentralization and Democratic Governance in Latin America, edited by Joseph S. Tulchin and Andrew Selee, Woodrow Wilson Center, 2005; “Descentralización y desarrollo en América Latina. Las contradicciones de una ecuación incompleta”, in José Luis Rhi-Sausi (Comp.); and Territorio, emergencia e intervención social en Argentina, 2006 (Editor).

Michael Cohen
Michael Cohen (USA, The New School)

Michael Cohen. Ph.D. in Political Economy, University of Chicago. He is Director of the Graduate Program in International Affairs, The New School University, Nueva York and Director of the Observatory on Latin America (OLA) at the same institution. He was a Visiting Fellow of the International Center for Advanced Studies at New York University. From 1972 to 1999, he had a distinguished career at the World Bank. He was responsible for much of the urban policy development of the Bank over that period and, from 1994-1998, he served as the Senior Advisor to the Bank’s Vice-President for Environmentally Sustainable Development. He has worked in over fifty countries and was heavily involved in the Bank’s work on infrastructure, environment, and sustainable development. He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences Panel on Urban Dynamics. He has taught at the University of California at Berkeley, The Johns Hopkins University, and the School of Architecture, Design, and Urban Planning of the University of Buenos Aires. He is currently completing a study of urban inequality in Buenos Aires. He is the author and editor of several books, including most recently Preparing the Urban Future: Global Pressures and Local Forces (ed. with A. Garland, B. Ruble, and J. Tulchin), The Human Face of the Urban Environment (ed. with I. Serageldin), and Urban Policy and Economic Development: An Agenda for the 1990s.

Alberto Croce
(Argentina, Fundación SES)

Alberto César Croce, a popular educator, is the founder and president of Fundación SES (Argentina). Currently, he represents the Educational Social Organizations at the National Minister of Education’s Educational Policies Council and is member of the national coordination board of the educational inclusion program “Everyone Studies”. He is founder and member of the Social Organizations’ Educative Platform for the MERCOSUR, as well as an Ashoka Fellow – Social Entrepreneurs; Senior Fellow at the Synergos Institute; and part of the member’s network of the Foundation AVINA. He is also an advisor for social responsibility for many companies in Argentina; coordinator for the Commission on International Cooperation of the Network Latinidad and representative of the network to the UNESCO Commission on Debt Conversion for Social Investment; and member of the council of several social organizations. Previously he worked as the person in charge of the management consultants office of the Network of Scholastic Support and Complementary Education (part of the INTER-REDES); general coordinator of the national program “Studying pays off” of the National Center of Community Organizations, oriented to support the community organizations that work with poor teenagers who do not study or work; member of the national team of Comunidades Eclesiale, based in Argentina; consultant for projects for social development (IAF-Foundation Antorchas); consultant for the Fund of Social Organization of the FONCAP; and leader of the Program “Mateando and Growing up” of the Pablo VI Pastoral Center of Social Training. His more recent publications include: “Las organizaciones sociales: Irrupción de nuevos actores”, in Participación e Innovación en la Educación Superior (Editor), Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Buenos Aires, 2007; and “El derecho a la educación. Un desafío para el estado y la sociedad civil”, in Por un mundo mejor (Editor), AMIA Editions – UNDP, Buenos Aires, 2007.

Mederico Faivre
(Argentina, Facultad de Arquitectura, Diseño y Urbanismo, Universidad de Buenos Aires – FADU UBA)

Mederico Faivre was a Profesor Asociado since 1985. In 2007 he became Profesor Titular at the Facultad de Arquitectura, Diseño, y Urbanismo de la Universidad de Buenos Aires. He instructs the courses of “Architectonic Design” I, II, III, IV and V, where he studies the problems of the villas of emergencia and the impact generated by the architecture in the environment. He has instructed degree and graduate level courses at Universidad Nacional de Buenos Aires, Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Universidad Di Tella and the Escuela de Arquitectura ISTHMUS in Panama. He is a member of Colegios de Jurado y Asesores de la Sociedad Central de Arquitectos and of the FASA. From 1986 to 1994 he was Secretary of Habitat of the Facultad de Arquitectura, Diseño y Urbanismo – Universidad de Buenos Aires in charge of the development of urban work in Ciudad Universitaria. Between 1999 and 2001, he presided the Commission of Environment of the Sociedad Central de Arquitectos. He is adviser in urbanism of Fundación Ciudad, environment and recover and development of the coasts of the Rio de la Plata. He was evaluator of the CONICET and, since 1997, evaluator of the Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología. His work is oriented towards environmental subjects, the patrimonial recovery and the architectonic innovation with limited resources. Since 2006 he has been developing three projects on environmental recovery of public spaces for the Undersecretary’s Environment Office of the Government of the City of Buenos Aires: Renovation and Revaluation Plan of the Botanical Garden “Carlos Thays”, Renovation and Revaluation Plan of the Old Velodrome and Environmental Remediation of the Indoamerican Park. He obtained 18 awards and 7 first awards in national and international contests. His work has been published in books and magazines in Argentina and abroad, and have been exhibited in the National Museum of Fine Arts, the Museum of Modern Art of San Pablo and the Museum of Modern Art of Paris, being part of diverse exhibitions and biennials.


Roberto Doberti
(Argentina, Facultad de Arquitectura, Diseño y Urbanismo, Universidad de Buenos Aires – FADU UBA)

Roberto Doberti is an architect with an architecture degree from the Universidad de Buenos Aires and a Ph.D from the Universidad Nacional de Rosario. He serves as Profesor Titular Consulto at the FADU-UBA, where he has created and directed the Department of Housing Theory and the postgraduate degree in Logic and Technique of Form. He is a professor of postgraduate courses at the national universities of San Juan, Rosario, and Litoral, as well as serves as a member of the Doctoral Commission of the UBA. He is a category I researcher, and has been Secretary of Research at the FADU-UBA, where he currently directs the Laboratory of Morphology. He has directed numerous research projects, as well as masters and doctorate theses. He has given lectures, seminars and courses, presented cultural exhibitions in various universities and institutions in Argentina and abroad. He is the author or co-author of several books and has published numerous articles in specialized magazines. His professional achievements are outstanding, earning him various awards and distinctions for his work. He is the Academic President of the Latin American Association of Housing Theory, Honorific President of the Society of Morphological Studies of Argentina, and a member of the Association of Mathematics and Design and the Association of Latin American Philosophy and Social Sciences.

Beatriz García Moreno
Beatriz García Moreno (Colombia, Facultad de Arquitectura de la Universidad Nacional de Colombia)

Beatriz García Moreno is an architect with degrees from the Facultad de Arquitectura at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia in Medellín (1974), and Ph.D. in Architecture, area of history, theory and critic, in Georgia Institute of Technology (1992). She served as Dean of the Facultad de Artes de la Universidad Nacional de Colombia in Bogota (1998 -2002); Director of the Instituto de Investigaciones Estéticas at the same University (1994 – 1998); and President of the Asociación Colombiana de facultades de Arquitectura (2000-2002). In 1981 she obtained the Thinker scholarship for investigation on Latin America from the Center on Latin Studies at the University of Pittsburgh, where she developed the research “Housing and Family in Seville, a Colombian Case”. During 1985 and 1986, she was visiting professor in the Instituto de Investigaciones Americanas, Mario Buschiazzo, at the Facultad de Arquitectura y Urbanismo, Universidad Nacional de Buenos Aires, where she developed the research “New trends in the Latin American contemporary architecture”. She has been professor of Theory and History of the Architecture at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, del Valle and in different national and international graduate programs. She is author of the books De la casa patriarcal a la casa nuclear en el Municipio cafetero de Sevilla, CEJA, 1995, Región y lugar en la arquitectura latinoamericana contemporánea ,CEJA, 2000; compilator and author of La Imagen de la Ciudad en las Artes y en los Medios, Unibiblos, 2000; and compilator and author of Ciudad, Universidad, Universitarios as well as author of different articles on the city and architecture in Colombia and Latin America.

Liliana Giordano
(Argentina, Facultad de Arquitectura, Diseño y Urbanismo, Universidad de Buenos Aires – FADU UBA)

Liliana Giordano is an Architect and graduate of the Universidad de Buenos Aires. She is Profesora Titular Regular of the FADU-UBA; Researcher Category II, and director of the “Laboratory of Morphology” of the FADU-UBA. She has taught courses at the undergraduate and graduate level in the program of Architecture and Industrial Design of the FADU-UBA, as well as in the following universities: Nacional de La Plata, Belgrano, Católica de La Plata, Nacional de Rosario, and Nacional de Córdoba. She has directed and co-directed numerous research projects and given talks in several countries in Latin America and Europe. She has received awards and distinctions for her work, and her academic and professional performance. She has been co-director, producer and organizer of different exhibitions presented in national and foreign institutions. Among her more recent publications are: “Morphology of Density”, Built Enviroment, Oxford, UK, 2007 and “Motivos para desconfiar del motivo”, in Symmetry: Art and Science, George Lugosi and Dénes Nagy, Buenos Aires, 2007.

Diego Golombek
(Argentina, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales, Universidad de Buenos Aires – FCEyN UBA and Universidad Nacional de Quilmes – UNQ)

Diego A. Golombek has Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from the Universidad de Buenos Aires. Currently he is Professor Titular at the Universidad Nacional de Quilmes and researcher at the CONICET. He has been a researcher at the University of Toronto and Smith College of Massachusetts, as well as a visiting professor in several universities in America and Europe. He received, among others, the “Bernardo Houssay” national science prize, awarded by the Secretary of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation, a Guggenheim Scholarship of the United States, the “City of Mexico” award and the IgNobel prize. His field of specialization is chronobiology and he has published more than 80 articles in international scientific magazines, as well as several chapters and books. He was one of the founders and coordinators of the postgraduate program in science education at FLACSO, and member of the National Commission for the Improvement of the Education of Sciences and Mathematics. He also makes an important contribution to the spread of scientific knowledge in the television and press, and has published several books related to the same issue; he directs the collection of scientific publications “Ciencia que Ladra”. Additionally, he has published fiction books and participated in musical and theater plays. At the moment, he directs the TV show Proyecto G, broadcasted by Canal Encuentro, in Buenos Aires.

Patricio Gross
(Chile, Centro de Estudios del Patrimonio, Facultad de Arquitectura, Urbanismo y Paisaje, Universidad Central – CEPAT UCEN)

Patricio Gross is an architect and graduate of the School of Architecture of the Pontificia Universidad Católica in Chile, later earning a masters degree in Urban Planning. He specializes in environment and heritage. He is currently the director of the Centro de Estudios del Patrimonio, at the Facultad de Arquitectura, Urbanismo y Paisaje of the Universidad Central of Chile; and President of the Committee of Architectonic and Environmental Patrimony of the Colegio de Arquitectos de Chile, a position that he also holds at the Environmental Corporation of the South. He is member of ICOMOS-Chile, among other institutions. He has received awards and distinctions for his work, as well as his academic, union and professional performance. He has been an international consultant with organizations that work for governments and international institutions in subjects related to his specialization. He has an extensive educational experience as professor at different Chilean universities and as a visiting professor at several Latin American and European institutions. He has been researcher and co-researcher of numerous works and has contributed in conferences and seminars in several countries. He is the author of a hundred articles, published in international books and magazines.

Elia Gutiérrez Mozo
(Spain, Universidad de Alicante – UA)

Elia Gutiérrez Mozo earned a Ph.D. in Architecture from the Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura (ETSA) in Madrid. At the present time, she is a member of the Board of Directors of the Official School of Architects of Castilla and La Mancha (COACLM) and trustee of the Research Scholarships. She is a professor of the theory of architecture at the Area of Architectonic Composition of the ETSA of the Universidad de Alicante and of “Materials and Methods for the Study of the Architecture” at the doctoral level. She participated as speaker in Congresses on history of the architecture, transport infrastructures, gender and urbanism, housing and urban space, archives and research in architecture and city. She has taught courses of History of the Architecture at the Classroom of Humanities of the Universidad Popular and the la Universidad de la Experiencia del Excmo. Ayto. de Albacete. She is author of the books “El despertar de una ciudad. Albacete 1898-1936” and “Poesía en Argel: Traducción, Introducción y Notas”, as well as author of articles published in different specialized magazines.

Rodolfo Hermida
(Argentina, Instituto Nacional de Cine y Artes Audiovisuales – INCAA, y Facultad de Arquitectura, Diseño y Urbanismo, Universidad de Buenos Aires – FADU UBA)

Rodolfo Hermida is a film and video producer. At the moment, he is the manager of Educational Development at the Instituto Nacional de Cine y Artes Audiovisuales (INCAA); Director of the Magazine “Film and Audiovisual Arts”; Director of the Program in Image and Sound Design, Facultad de Arquitectura y Urbanismo, Universidad de Buenos Aires (FADU-UBA); and Director of the Graduate Program in Art Direction at the same institution. He has held director positions in numerous training centers, taught at diverse educational institutions, and participated as a speaker in conferences and seminars in Argentina and abroad. He has been Vice-president of the Asociación de Productores Independientes de Medios Audiovisuales (APIMA); Vice-president of the Red de América Latina (RAL), a nongovernmental organization that advocates for the development of Latin American Public TV Stations; and President of the Sociedad Argentina de Videastas (SAVI). He has been a jury member in film festivals, both national and international, and adviser in numerous audiovisual media projects. He won the Martín Fierro award 1992 for Best Cultural Educational TV Show as director of the series “La Cápsula del tiempo 1992/2492” (13 TV shows broadcasted by ATC); in 1991, he was nominated for the same award as scriptwriter and director of the series “El Galpón de la Memoria” (two special programs produced for Canal 13 in 1989).

Pablo Jacoby
(Argentina, Memoria Activa)

Pablo Jacoby is a lawyer and graduate of the School of Law and Social Sciences of the Universidad de Buenos Aires. He is lawyer with the civil association ACTIVE MEMORY in the investigation of the AMIA massacre for the Argentine jurisdiction and for the Inter-American Human Rights Commission in Washington DC, United States. From 1979 to the present, he has worked as an independent professional, specializing in freedom of the press and the right to information. He represents numerous newspapers, magazines and cultural personalities. Between 1975 and 1979, he worked as Relator of Room 5 at the Excelentísima Cámara Nacional de Apelaciones in the criminal and correccional de la Capital Federal. He is author of the books “Técnica del Procedimiento Penal”, Pensamiento Jurídico Editorial, Buenos Aires, 1977; y “Fallos Plenarios Penales”, Pensamiento Jurídico Editorial, Buenos Aires, 1978; as well as author of the article “Prescripción de la pena (Análisis a través de la jurisprudencia). Forma de contar los plazos. Punto de partida.”, La Ley, Tomo 1977-B.

Martha Kohen
(United States, University of Florida)

Martha Kohen is an architect with degrees from both Uruguay and Cambridge, England. Since 2003, she has been working as the Director and Professor of the School of Architecture at the University of Florida, United States. She is a founding member of DOCOMOMO Florida, Unted States. She is currently in charge of an exhibition of Architecture Archives in Special Collections in which records pertaining to the masters of modern architecture of Florida are displayed in the Smathers Libraries at the University of Florida. She has been practicing architecture and urban planning in the form of teaching, research and practice for the past 30 years in Europe, China and Latin America. As a Latin American architect, her work is based on buildings and urban spaces that are passive, receptive and sustainable. Her projects have been received national and international awards. She got the First Prize in the Sao Paulo Architecture Biennale for the memorial Missing Prisoners in Uruguay. She has published articles in the European magazines Domus, Arquitectura Viva, Portus, and Aquapolis. Her projects have been published in Elarqa, Projeto, Casabella and Summa+.

Mónica Beatriz Lacarrieu
(Argentina, Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, Universidad de Buenos Aires – FFyL UBA)

Mónica Beatriz Lacarrieu has a Ph.D. in Philosophy and Literature (Social Anthropology), Universidad de Buenos Aires; with Pos-Doctoral visits to the Program “Estudios de Cultura Urbana” (Dir. Néstor Garcia Canclini), UAM-Iztapalapa, Mexico (1995-96) and “Construindo a Democracia: cidadania, nacao e experiencia urbana contemporanea”, with financial support of the Rockefeller Foundation, in Campinas, Brazil (1997). She is the Director of the Program in Cultural Anthropology (Instituto de Ciencias Antropológicas, FFyL, UBA). Researcher of the CONICET. Professor of the Universidad de Buenos Aires. Director of Projects UBACYT, PIP-CONICET and PICT-Agency of Science and Technology. Director for the country of the Project “Rutas e Itinerarios Culturales Iberoamericanos”, Interuniversity Cooperation Plan (UBA-UB), Agencia de Cooperación Española Internacional (2008). Coordinator of the Program Patrimonio Inmaterial, CPPHC, Government of the City of Buenos Aires. Member of the Advisory Technical Commission Number 2 of the UBA. Member of the Commission of Masters in Communication and Culture, Facultad de Ciencias Sociales, UBA. Coordinator and Tutor of the Module “Gestión del Patrimonio Cultural Intangible”, Diplomado Virtual de Políticas Culturales y Gestión Cultural, Organization of American States (OAS), UAM-Iztapalapa, CONACULTA, Madrid-Mexico, since 2002. Professor of Graduate Programs related to research and the matters of culture and cultural patrimony (Masters in Research of Social Sciences, UBA; Masters of Patrimony Management, Universidad de San Simón, Bolivia; Ortega and Gasset Foundation, Masters in Social Anthropology, UBA, among others). She was Advisor of the Dirección de Política Cultural y Cooperación Internacional, Secretaría de Cultura de la Nación (Programa Cultura y Turismo, 2007). She is an evaluator of projects, research and researchers of different national and international institutions. She has published diverse national and international articles on subjects of city, culture, patrimony, cultural tourism. Moreover, she has published numerous chapters in books as well as books, among them the recent re-edition of La (Indi)Gestión Cultural.

Edith Litwin
(Argentina, Departamento de Ciencias de la Educación, Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, Universidad de Buenos Aires – FFyL UBA)

Edith Litwin graduated with a degree in Education Sciences from the School of Philosophy and Letters of the Universidad de Buenos Aires and Ph.D. from the same university. She is Profesora Titular Plenaria of Education Technology in the Department of Education Sciences at the School of Philosophy and Letters, Universidad de Buenos Aires. At the moment, she is the Academic Secretary of the Universidad de Buenos Aires. She designed and directed the Program of Distance Learning UBA XXI for more than ten years. From 1999 to December 2007, she directed the Institute of Research in Education Sciences School of Philosophy and Letters of the Universidad de Buenos Aires, a position obtained through a competitive process. She is the author of “Las configuraciones didácticas: una nueva agenda para enseñanza superior”; “La Educación a Distancia”; “Tecnologías educativas en tiempos de Internet”; and coauthor of “Corrientes Didácticas Contemporáneas” y “La evaluación de los aprendizajes en el debate didáctico contemporáneo”, among other books.

Peter Lucas
(United States, The New School)

Peter Lucas has taught at Columbia University, New York University, and The New School. His research and teaching focuses on international studies in human rights, human rights and photography, human rights and media, the poetics of witnessing, peace education, human rights education, and documentary practice. His current projects include a study of seven photojournalists for the Rio-based web portal, Viva Favela. His book, Viva Favela: Photojournalism, Visual Inclusion, and Human Rights in Brazil is forthcoming.

Colleen Macklin
(EEUU, Communication Design and Technology Program – Parsons/ New School University, New York)

Colleen Macklin is a Digital Artist, Interaction Designer and Chair, Communication Design and Technology, Parsons. She has been an interaction designer for clients such as Citibank, France Telecom, Moët, and Thomson, led collaborative research projects with the UN and Open Society Institute including UNESCO’s Africa Animated project, and LiveSupport, (open source application for grassroots radio sponsored by the Open Society Institute and the Center for Advanced Media, Prague). Her current research includes fields of interaction design and urban planning, particularly in the realm of locative media and participatory design. She has given talks at Tsinghua University in Beijing, ICESI University in Cali, Colombia, The Design Institute in Minneapolis and the Cooper Hewitt, NYC. She has a BFA, Media Arts Pratt Institute, graduate studies in Computer Science, CUNY and International Affairs, The New School.

René Martínez Lemoine
(Chile, Facultad de Arquitectura, Urbanismo y Paisaje, Universidad Central – UCEN)

René Martinez Lemoine is an architect and a graduate of the Universidad de Chile and earned a Masters in Urban-Regional Planning, University of London. He is an academic member of the School of Architecture, Urbanism and Landscape of the Universidad Central de Chile, where he held the position of Director. During the period between 1998 and 2002, he worked as member of the Evaluation Commission of Area Projects of Architecture and Urbanism Fondecyt. He has published numerous works on the history of the architecture and urban planning, among them: “Santiago. Los planos de Transformación 1984-1929”, en DU&P Revista de Diesño Urbano y Paisaje (2006); “The classical model of the Spanish-American colonial city” in The Journal of Architecture (2003); and “Desarrollo Histórico de Santiago 1541-1941”, in Revista de Historia y Teoría de la Arquitectura (2002).

Brian McGrath
(EEUU, Parsons/ New School University, New York)

Brian McGrath is an architect and co-founder of, a collaborative group exploring the relationship between urban design, ecology and multi-media. He is the co-author of “Cinemetrics: Architectural Drawing Today”,(Wiley, 2007) and co-editor of “Designing Patch Dynamics” (Columbia Books on Architecture, 2007), “Sensing the 21st Century City: Close-up and Remote”, (AD, 2006) and “New Urbanisms/New Workplace: Yonkers’ Nepperhan Valley” (Columbia Books on Architecture, 2000) as well as author of “Transparent Cities”, (SITES Books, 1994). Currently in press is “Digital Modeling for Urban Design” (Wiley, 2008). His on-line project Manhattan Timeformations (2000) has received many awards from arts, architecture and science organization internationally ( McGrath has been recently appointed Associate Professor of Urban Design at Parsons, the New School of Design. He was a Senior Fulbright Scholar in Thailand in 1998/99, a Fellow at the India China Institute from 2006-08, and is currently a co-investigator on an interdisciplinary team on Long Term Ecological Research where he coordinates a working group linking science and design as part of the Baltimore Ecosystem Study.

Alberto Minujín
(Argentina/ USA, The New School)

Alberto Minujín is a mathematician and statistician specialized in demography and social policies. He has vast experience in the development of social projects and public policies, in research and teaching, as well as in the design and implementation of household surveys and the development of statistical systems. Currently he is Professor in the Graduate Program in International Affairs, The New School, New York, USA. He teaches courses in Qualitative and Quantitative Methods of Monitoring and Evaluation, and Human Rights, Poverty, Inequality, Childhood and Social Policies. He developed and currently directs the website: Until 2005 he was Senior Official of the Division of Policy and Planning of UNICEF Head Quarters in New York. He is the former Regional Advisor for Social Policy, Monitoring and Evaluation for Latin America and the Caribbean (1995-1998) and Programme Coordinator of UNICEF Argentina (1990-1995). He was National Director of Social Statistics of the National Institute of Statistics and the Research on Poverty in Argentina. He was Professor in Argentine and foreign universities; Senior Associate Researcher at the Instituto de Investigaciones Sociales, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, and at the Demographic Studies Center, University of Louvain in Belgium. He has authored and published diverse books and articles related to poverty, vulnerability, social exclusion and human rights. Among the most recent are: Social Protection Initiatives for Children, Women and Families, The New School, 2007; Poverty and Children. Policies to Break the Vicious Cycle, The New School, 2006; El Futuro. El mundo que nos espera a los argentinos, Editorial Edhasa, 2005; La Clase Media. Seducida y abandonada, Editorial Edhasa, 2004; “Mind the Gap! Widening Child Mortality Disparities”, en Journal of Human Development, noviembre 2003; Equality Matters for a World Fit for Children. Lessons from the 1990s, UNICEF, December 2003.

Louise Noelle
(Mexico, Instituto de Investigaciones Estéticas de la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México – UNAM)

Louise Noelle is a researcher at the Institute of Aesthetic Research, UNAM. She is member of the International Committee of Architecture Critics (CICA), of the Academy of Arts and of the Mexican ICOMOS, honorary academic of the National Academy of Architecture and the National Academy of Fine Arts of Argentina. She is the author of the books: “Agustín Hernández, arquitectura y pensamiento”; “Arquitectos Contemporáneos de México”; “Ricardo Legorreta, tradición y modernidad”; “Guía de arquitectura contemporánea de la Ciudad de México”; “Vladimir Kaspé, reflexión y compromiso”; “Luis Barragán. Búsqueda y creatividad”; “Enrique del Moral, un arquitecto comprometido con México”; and “Mario Pani, una visión moderna de la ciudad”.

Alfonso Ortiz Crespo
(Ecuador, Universidad Central del Ecuador)

Alfonso Ortiz Crespo is an architect, who earned his degree from the Universidad Central del Ecuador (1974). He specialized in conservation and monument restoration in Cuzco (UNESCO/ INC- Peru, 1975) and Florence (University of Florence, Italy, 1977). Currently he is professor of history of the architecture and urbanism and cultural patrimony in the School of Architecture at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito and at the School of Architecture in the Universidad de las Américas. From 2003 to the present, he has been working as advisor of publishing projects of the Fondo de Salvamento del Patrimonio Cultural de Quito (FONSAL), where he has almost 40 works published. Previously, he was Director of the Department of Architectonic Restoration of the Museum of the Central Bank of Ecuador (1980 1984); National Director of the National Institute of Cultural Patrimony (1988-1990); Director of Cultural Patrimony of the Municipality of the Metropolitan District of Quito (1990 – 2000). He directed, among others works, the restoration of San Diego of Quito, of the monastery of the Conception of Riobamba and of the Museum Camilo Egas of the Central Bank of Ecuador in Quito. He has been advisor of UNESCO for cultural projects in Central America and of the Company of Development of the Historical Downtown of Quito. He was professor of History of the Architecture and Urbanism in the Schools of Architecture and Urbanism at the Universidad Central del Ecuador, Universidad Católica Santiago de Guayaquil y Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador, as wells as Professor of Ecuadorean Artistic Patrimony in the same institution. He has published diverse books, among them: Damero, in collaboration with Matthias Abram and José Segovia, FONSAL, Quito, 2007; En busca de Thomas Reed, arquitectura y política en el siglo XIX, in which he is coauthor with Alberto Saldarriaga Roa and José Alexander Pinzón, Corporación La Candelaria and other authors, Bogota, 2005. Together with Nancy Morán de Guerra, he wrote Guía de Museos del Ecuador, Editorial Clan, Madrid (forthcoming). He has written more than a hundred of articles in specialized publications in the newspaper Hoy of Quito.

Jorge Ramos de Dios
(Argentina, Facultad de Arquitectura, Diseño y Urbanismo, Universidad de Buenos Aires – FADU UBA)

Jorge Ramos de Dios is an architect, who earned his degree from the Universidad de Buenos Aires and Master in Architecture from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. Currently he is Secretary of Research of the Facultad de Arquitectura, Diseño y Urbanismo at the Universidad de Buenos Aires; Professor of the Masters in History and Critic of the Architecture and Urbanism at FADU-UBA; Professor in the Master in Intervention and Management of the Architectonic and Urban Patrimony of the Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata; Professor in the Master in History of the Architecture and the Latin American Urbanism at the Universidad Nacional de Tucumán; Visiting Professor of the Maestría en Centros Históricos y Conservación del Patrimonio Edificado at the Universidad de Camagüey Cuba; and Researcher of the Institute of American Art and Esthetic Investigations “Mario J. Buschiazzo”, FADU-UBA. He has been Professor of History, Theory and Design in diverse Latin American schools. He carried out research on pre-Hispanic architecture of Mesoamerica, colonial of Ibero-America and contemporary of Latin America and the Caribbean. He practiced as architect in Argentina, France and Mexico, obtaining awards in national and international contests. He received distinctions for his theoretical works; among them the medal Gabino Barreda of Mexico and the First Prize of the Biennial of Quito. He published diverse books and articles on subjects of esthetic, design and Latin American architecture.

William Rey Ashfield
(Uruguay, Universidad de la República – UDELAR)

William Rey Ashfield is an architect who earned a degree from the Facultad de Arquitectura, UDELAR, Uruguay. He studied post-graduate in Advanced Studies in History of Art, Facultad de Historia y Geografía, Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Spain, and earned a Ph.D. in History of Art and Management of Cultural Patrimony from the same university. He is Professor of the Chair of History of National Architecture, Facultad de Arquitectura, UDELAR, Uruguay; Professor of the courses of Art I and Art III at the Schools of Communication and Humanities at the Universidad de Montevideo; Coordinator of the Posgrado de Intervenciones en el Patrimonio Edilicio, Facultad de Arquitectura, UDELAR, Uruguay; and Visiting Foreing Professor of the Posgrado en Historia y Crítica de la Arquitectura y del Urbanismo, Facultad de Arquitectura, Diseño y Urbanismo, UBA, Argentina. In his professional activity, he is the Director of the Architecture Firm Azadián-King Ashfield (AREA); Director of the Consultancy Firm Sur: Ambiente y Región; and President of the Commission of the Cultural Patrimony of the Nation, Uruguay.

Jaime Sorin
(Argentina, Facultad de Arquitectura, Diseño y Urbanismo, Universidad de Buenos Aires – FADU UBA)

Jaime Sorín is an architect and graduate of the Universidad de Buenos Aires (UBA). At the present time, he is the Dean of the School of Architecture, Design and Urbanism (FADU), UBA and Vice-Rector of the same university. He is Profesor Titular of the Program of Architecture in the FADU-UBA. He has been a panelist and lecturer in numerous conferences. In the public administration of the Government of the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires, he has held the positions of: Adviser of the Undersecretary of Housing; Coordinator of the Program of Housing Rehabilitation for the neighborhood La Boca; and Housing Advisor to the Ombudsman of the City of Buenos Aires. He carried out research projects on social housing problems and is author of articles published in several different magazines. He has received awards in different architectural contests and has had numerous works published.

Marco Antonio Valencia Palacios
(Chile, Universidad Central)

Marco Antonio Valencia Palacios has a Ph.D. in Architecture and Environmental Cultural Patrimony, Universidad de Sevilla – Universidad Central; Sociology, Universidad de Chile; and he has a degree in Humanities with Mention in History, Universidad de Chile. He has an ample educational experience in the Universidad de Chile, the Universidad Central, the Universidad Tecnológica Metropolitana, and the Universidad de Santiago. Currently he is a Professor in the Programa de Educación Continua para el Magisterio, Facultad de Filosofía y Humanidades, Universidad de Chile; in the Facultad de Arquitectura, Urbanismo y Paisaje de la Universidad Central de Chile; en el Departamento de Arquitectura de la Facultad de Ciencias de la Construcción y Ordenamiento Territorial de la Universidad Tecnológica Metropolitana; y en el Programa de Postítulo “Estudio y comprensión de la sociedad”, para profesores NB de la Región Metropolitana, dependiente de la Facultad de Ciencias Sociales de la Universidad de Chile. Currently he is co-researcher of the Binational Project “Cartografías Urbanas. Montevideo – Santiago de Chile. Lecturas cruzadas de dos ciudades latinoamericanas”, funded by the Ministry of Housing of Spain. He has worked in different programs and social projects that are part of the Universidad de Chile, the Universidad Central, PRODEMU Foundation, the NGO SODEM and CREATES Consultancy. He has been a panelist in national conferences and has published numerous articles in books and magazines. Among his latest publications are: “Introducción. Pensar la ciudad, deslindes disciplinarios y campos temáticos emergentes”, in Dimensiones Urbanas, Indagaciones sobre estructuras territoriales en el área metropolitana de Santiago, Ed. Universidad Central, Santiago, 2006; and “Multiculturalidad y educación intercultural. Síntesis conceptual y aproximaciones al caso del contexto urbano en Chile”, in Unidad Pedagógica Intercultural sobre diversidad cultural e historia de los pueblos indígenas de Chile, CONADI / PEC – Universidad de Chile, Santiago, 2006.

Jorge Wilheim
(Brazil, Universidad de San Pablo – USP)

Jorge Wilheim is an architect and graduate of the Faculdade de Arquitetura e Urbanismo Mackenzie. He served as Secretary of Economy and Planning of the State of São Paulo (1975-1979), Municipal Secretary of Planning (1983-1986), President of Emplasa (1991-1994) and Secretary of Planning at the Municipality of São Paulo. He was the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations’ Habitat II Conference (Istanbul, 1994-1996). He was President of the Council of the Foundation São Paulo Biennial 2005 and 2000-2003. He is Director of the Museu da Tolerancia of São Paulo (under development). He is the author of architecture projects (Anhembi park, 1969-1974, and the 2nd and 3rd phases of the Albert Einstein Hospital, 1978-1985, both in São Paulo) and of cities (Angelica, MS, 1954, Industrial City of Londrina, 1997). He has been the coordinator of more than 20 city plans, among them: Curitiba (1965), Campinas (1970), Campos do Jordao (2000), Araxá (2002), Nova Lima (2006), Volta Redonda (2007) and the Strategic Director Plan of São Paulo (2002), and author of urban projects for the Pátio do Colégio (São Pablo, 1975) and Vale do Anhangabaú (São Pablo, 1981-1991). He has been a lecturer and visiting professor in several universities in Brazil and the United States. His publications include Espaços and Palavras, Urbanismo en el Sub-desarrollo, Cidades: o substantivo e o adjetivo and Tênue esperança no vasto caos. Questoes do proto-renascimento do século XXI.