Alejandro de Castro Mazarro is a lecturer in Urban Planning and Design at the GSD, and is the Program Coordinator of the Latin American Laboratory at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP) of Columbia University. He holds a degree in architecture from the University of Seville (Spain) and an MSc in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University. Currently, Alejandro is a PhD candidate at the University of Alcalá de Henares in Madrid.
Alejandro’s current research explores the relationship between design practices and public policies that respond to challenges at informal settlements. He has taught seminars, and urban planning and architecture studios around this topic since 2010 at Pratt University, Escola de Cidade (São Paulo) and Columbia University. He has lectured in San Juan (Puerto Rico), Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Singapore, and Hong Kong; and participated in conferences in Morelia (Mexico), Cambridge (UK) and Madrid. As part of the Latin Lab, Alejandro has organized series of conferences and lectures, and coordinated academic research projects related to urban resilience in Latin America. His research work has been published at Elsevier’s House & Home Encyclopedia and at Bamboo Magazine, and has been showcased at the exhibition “Participatory City: 100 Urban Trends” at the Guggenheim Museum in New York. Recently he co-edited, with Francisco Diaz, the book “Who Cares for Chilean Cities?” published by ARQ and GSAPP Books. He practiced architecture in Spain as partner of the office BuroA, which has built and published several competition awarded renovation projects.