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 Juan Usubillaga

Juan Usubillaga

Research Assistant

Email
usubillaganarvaezj1@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 2087 4431
Campuses
T07, Adeilad Bute, Rhodfa'r Brenin Edward VII, Caerdydd, CF10 3NB

I am an Colombian Urban Designer and Researcher currently doing a PhD. on Political Activism and Urban Design. I hold a B.A. (Hons) Architecture from Universidad de los Andes (Bogotá) and a M.Sc. Building and Urban Design in Development from UCL (London). 

My project and research experience spans across different countries including Colombia, UK, Germany, US and Myanmar, and various issues related to activism, informality, housing, humanitarian action and refugee integration. 

At the moment, I am working on two research projects with professor Aseem Inam at the Welsh School of Architecture: one about Las Vegas and another one on Informal Urbanisms. I am also a studio tutor at the MA Urban Design.

I speak English, Spanish, German and I'm currently learning Welsh and Catalan.

I hold a B.A. (Hons) Architecture from Universidad de los Andes (Bogotá) and a M.Sc. Building and Urban Design in Development from UCL (London). I have project experience both as an urban designer and a researcher in Colombia, UK and Myanmar on the following issues:

- Affordable housing projects by Family Compensation Funds in Colombia.
- Quality assessment of social housing projects in Bogotá, Colombia. 
- Anti-gentrification strategies in London.
- Collaborative people-centred slum upgrading strategies in Yangon, Myanmar.
- Refugee integration and self-reliance in Europe (research).
- Urban analysis tools for humanitarian response (research).
- Ethics of urban design practice (research).

2018

2017

Research interests

Personal research interests include:

- Space, politics and social integration

- Social housing and urban design practice

- Humanitarian response in cities

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