Felipe Correa is Associate Professor in the Department of Urban Planning and Design and Director of the Urban Design Degree Program. A New York-based architect and urbanist, his most recent research focuses on resource extraction models within the South American continent and the diverse models of urbanization these have enabled.
Correa is the co-founder and director of the South America Project (SAP), a trans-continental applied research network that proactively endorses the role of design within rapidly transforming geographies of the South American Continent. SAP specifically focuses on how a spatial synthesis best afforded by design can provide alternative physical and experiential identities to the current spatial transformations reshaping the South American Hinterland.
In association with Joan Busquets, Correa conducted Cities X Lines: a project-based investigation that documents and evaluates the most salient design strategies and methods that inform contemporary urban projects. The investigation has been documented in both a traveling exhibition and a comprehensive publication titled Cities X Lines: A New Lens for the Urbanistic Project.
He co-edited, with Jorge Silvetti, Invention / Transformation: Strategies for the Qattara / Jimi Oases in Al Ain, a comprehensive study of the role of the Oasis in the 21st Century arid city. He recently edited A Line in the Andes, a graphic biography on Quito (Ecuador), which examines the cities most pressing urban challenges for the 21st century.
In addition to teaching, Correa is also the co-founder of Somatic Collaborative, a research based design practice, which focuses on a trans-scalar approach to architecture and urbanism, and engages a wide host of urban scenarios and design strategies. Cutting across multiple scales – from interior furnishings to open territories – Somatic, uses the architectural commission, design competitions, and diverse forms of applied research as conduits that facilitate an inventive construction of space.
As an underlying framework, Somatic Collaborative develops alternative methods of imaging landscapes, territories, and processes (material and social) that may or may not fall within the traditional architecture or urbanism office paradigm, but rather engages the numerous scales of the built environment. Some of the studio’s most recent projects include a waterfront redevelopment proposal for the Magok District of Seoul (Korea), a senior citizen housing and eco-park proposal in Novato (California), and the Plaza República in Quito (Ecuador).
Correa has lectured and exhibited at many universities and conferences, including Columbia University, Tulane University, University of Pennsylvania, Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Ecuador, The National Arts Club, and the Pan-American Architecture Biennale, among others. His work, research, and writings have been published in journals, including Architectural Design, Architectural Record, and MONU. He received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from Tulane University, and his Master of Architecture in Urban Design from Harvard’s GSD.