AMBASSADORS

ANA PUHAC  croatia

 

Ana is a human ecologist and an urban designer. She holds a MSc in Building and Urban Design in Development from University College London, and B.A. in Human Ecology from College of the Atlantic (Maine, US).

Ana uses her transdiciplinary background for research on how metabolic flows in production of nature (particularly production of food, housing, and climate change in cities) affect socio-spatial development and political ecology of marginalized urban dwellers. Her latest research was for a project called Integrating food into urban planning, a collaboration between Development Planning Unit (UCL) and Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of Rome.

Ana worked in community projects in South and North America, Europe and Asia on community-mapping, neighbourhood regeneration, slum upgrading and urban agriculture. She is interested in continuing work on participatory projects that break down the artificial boundary between nature and the city.

BELEN DESMAISON  peru

 

Belen is an architect and urban designer currently working in Lima, Peru. She is the coordinator of Ocupa tu Calle (ocupatucalle.org), an initiative promoted by the citizen-led urban observatory Lima Como Vamos and funded by Fundación Avina which aims to potentiate under-used public spaces around the city through low-cost interventions working collaboratively with universities and public and private institutions in the design, implementation, monitoring, and maintenance of the projects. She is also a teaching fellow in Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú and Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas where she teaches architecture and urban studios. Belen holds a MSc in Building and Urban Design in Development from University College London and a B.A. in Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania.

DAVID McEWEN  uk

 

David (MA, MSc) is a designer with a background in Architecture and Urban Design. His interests principally concern the social implications of Architecture and the manner in which design can influence democratic spatial practices. He has recent experience exploring this subject in South Africa and Uganda. Currently, his work has centred on the representation and advocacy of minority ethnic interests in urban design, architectural and planning practices in London.

JENNA HELAL  australia

 

Jenna is an architect_urban planner, she holds a BA in Architecture from the University of Melbourne (Australia), and has four years work experience and knowledge in architecture, construction and interior design.

She has recently graduated with a Master’s Degree in Building and Urban Design in Development from University College London (UK).  She has worked in diverse environments with the aim of presenting a holistic response to the growing complexities within the design and production of urban form.

Jenna is currently working at the UN Habitat (united nations human settlements programme) on the process towards Habitat III. Her work is centered on the areas of engagement, policy, operations, and knowledge.

NATHALIA MOSQUERA PALOMEQUE  colombia

 

Nathalia is a Colombian architect and MSc Urban Design in development. In 2011, she graduated from Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, with a thesis that focused on housing and public space alternatives in unplanned urban areas. That design research earned her the second place in the Colombian annual competition for architecture students (housing category). Following that, she began to work in public and private projects related to the housing and urban design. In 2014 she received the Colfuturo scholarship and began her master studies at DPU in London, after finishing she returned to Colombia and began to work in research projects focussed in the role of design in relocation of communities affected by risk. In late 2015 she received the Afro-Colombian of the year award (young category).

SRI SURYANI  indonesia

 

Sri Suryani believes she was born with pencils on the right hand and paper on the other. Her interest in art, science, and technology moulded in architecture and urban design which dominate her vocabulary in research and practice up until now. She got awards in national urban design competitions located in Bandung, Jakarta, and Gorontalo, and participated in various workshops and architecture and planning projects in Cambodia and Indonesia. Currently, she dedicates her time on a community-based organisation, collective female-based media, and design research conducting issues in transformation of space, urbanism, and governance. She pursuits wider horizons and carrier in development through spatial design as the way to contribute to her beloved country, Indonesia.

VISHAKHA JHA  india

 

Vishakha Jha is an architect, urban designer, development consultant- B. Arch (Sushant School of Art and Architecture, Gurgaon, India, 2007-12); MSc (Urban Design in development, DPU, Bartlett, University College of London 2014-15). Specialises on urban contested spaces, exploring ways of governance structures, spatial justice and responsive design strategies especially for marginalised sectors of the society/cities.

With strong urge to work with people and for people through participatory processes, her passion for travelling and critical writing adds to the experiential and practical understanding of society, culture and people. She has worked in different cities within India such as Kolkata, Mumbai, Delhi, Ahmedabad and International contexts in London, Phnom Pehn and Brescia.

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