Alejandro Echeverri (CO)
Alejandro believes in the ethical responsibility of designers to contribute towards a better society. He is cofounder and Director of URBAM, the Center for Urban and Environmental Studies, at EAFIT University in Medellin, Colombia. His experience combines architectural, urban, environmental projects and planning. He is a Loeb Fellow from Harvard GSD and was given the Obayashi Prize 2016. Between 2004 and 2008 as Director of EDU, the “Empresa de Desarrollo Urbano” of the Municipality of Medellin, and then as the city’s director of urban projects, he led the Social Urbanism strategy to improve the most impoverished neighborhoods, making Medellin a blueprint for the future for other distressed cities worldwide. Since 2010, from URBAM, he delves into the urban, environmental and social issues of emerging developing countries, particularly those with weak political and institutional structures. In addition to his work in Colombia, he also has a broad experience as a international consultant and advisor of multidisciplinary teams for urban, environmental and social projects in the global south countries like, Mexico, Costa Rica, Brazil, India, among others. This includes work for UN Habitat.