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Dr. Arch. Alejandro de Castro Mazarro

Postdoctoral researcher

Phone +49 351 4679 223
a.decastro[im]ioer.de

Research Interests

I investigate the local and spatial dimensions of globally produced inequalities. Departing from a critique of the ecological modernization discourse, I analyze the impacts of resource overconsumption in informal and segregated urban areas, and explore procedural and redistributive justice scenarios for a just transition towards sustainability.

Professional Experience

Since 2019

Postdoctoral researcher at IOER

Since 2015

Associate Visiting Professor at the Universitat Internacional de Catalunya, and Technische Universität Darmstadt, Mundus Urbano Master Program

01.10-06.18

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Urban Planning and Program Coordinator of Latin American Laboratory (2010-2016) at Columbia University

01.16-06.18

Adjunct Professor at the City University of New York

09.15-05.16

Research Associate (2016) and Visiting Lecturer (2015) at Harvard Graduate School of Design

01.08-12.09

Research Assistant of Slum Lab (2009), Technological Change Lab (2008-2009) and Spatial Information Design Lab (2008) research units at Columbia University

2007-2012

Practice as architect in Spain

09.03-06.06

Research Assistant an der School of Architecture, Universidad de Sevilla

Education

09.13-05.16

PhD in Architecture (Cum Laude). Title: "A Historiography of Slums in Anglo-Saxon Architectural Discourse" Universidad de Alcalá de Henares

08.06-09.05

Certificate in Advanced Architectural Research, Columbia University

07.06-08.05

M.Sc. in Advanced Architectural Design, Columbia University

09.00-07.01

Erasmus exchange student at Fachhochschule Nürnberg

09.98-03.07

M.Arch. Universidad de Sevilla

Projects

IÖR Postdoctoral Project: Situating spatial justice in environmental planning practices. (Duration: 2019-2021)

Teaching

2019-2020

Technische Universität Dresden. Seminars: International Spatial Development and Regional Management; and Land Use Planning.

2010-2018

Columbia University (New York). Seminars: The Historical Development of Urban Informality (2013-2018), Fundamentals of Urban Digital Design (2013-2018), Introduction to International Development Planning (2016-2017), The Costs of Urbanization (2017), Formalism and Informality in Latin American Architecture (2012) und Designer Species (2010).

Urban Planning studios: The Environmentalist Dilemma (2017), Housing, Land Reform and Social Movements in Brazil (2016),  Urban Challenges and Upgrading of Rio’s Rio das Pedras (2014),
Earthquake Reconstruction at Talca, Chile (2012), Urban Revitalization of Porto Maravilha (2012) und Regional Planning in Leste Fluminense (2011)

Architecture studios: Introduction to Architecture (2012-2014) und Forms of Capital at Rio de Janeiro (2013).

2017-2018

City University of New York. Undergraduate seminars: Graphic Communications for Planners, Housing and the Global City und Housing Projects and Urban Challenges in the Americas.

2014

Harvard University. Graduate seminar: Slums in Architectural and Planning History.

2011-2012

New York Institute of Technology. Undergraduate seminars: Visualization I und II sowie Architektur-Workshop Design Fundamentals I

2010

Escola de Cidade (São Paulo). Elective seminar Práticas e Projetos.

2013-2017

Other summer and intensive courses: Explorations on Sustainability, Architecture and Urban Design (The School of the New York Times, 2017); Social Development and Poverty Reduction (Université Grenoble Alpes, 2016) und After Sandy: On The Water’s Edge (Pratt Institute, 2013).

 

Memberships

Chamber of Architects of Saxony, Germany (AKS)

International Society of City and Regional Planners (ISOCARP)

Association for Scientific Research into Planning and Building in the Developing World (Trialog)

International Academic Association on Planning, Law, and Property Rights (PLPR)

Awards and Scholarships

2008

1st Prize, Civil War Museum in Seville, architectural competition held by CGT

2008

1st Prize, School hall prototypes, architectural competition held by Andalusian Government

2007

1st Prize, Bank headquarters in Madrid, architectural competition held by COAJ

2007-2009

La Caixa Scholarship for Postgraduate Study in the USA

2004

2nd Prize, Barbate’s Fish Market renovation, architectural competition held by DETEA Foundation

2003

Fellowship for International Development in Cambodia, French-Spanish Ministries of Foreign Affairs

2001

Language learning scholarship in France, Spanish Ministry of Education and Science

External Publications

List of external publications