Ignacio Cardona is Instructor in Urban Planning and Design at Harvard Graduate School of Design. He is an Architect (Universidad Simón Bolívar / 1998) and cum-laude Magister of Urban Design (Universidad Metropolitana / 2003) and Founder of AREPA: ARCHITECTURE, ECOLOGY & PARTICIPATION, an important Venezuelan think tank that has become a reference on urban phenomena in Latin-America that has developed several projects with the philosophy to articulate the technical knowledge of design with the felt needs of communities.
Ignacio focuses his studies on creative methodologies of design research to weave together fragmented urban fabric in the cities of the Global South in order to promote social equity, particularly in areas often characterized by being highly conflictive and violent. The work intends to address issues of urban informality, fragmentation, connectivity and social equity in urban environments that although very dense are nevertheless highly malleable and hold potential for effective intervention.
Ignacio Cardona has developed a career as professor in the Universidad Simón Bolívar (Caracas, Venezuela) for ten years, in Studios about architecture and urban design, and as advisor of more than 90 theses of undergraduate and graduate students. Ignacio also has been Visiting Professor in the Magister of Urban Design at Universidad Metropolitana (Caracas, Venezuela), and Adjunct Professor in the Bachelor of Science in Architecture at Wentworth Institute of Technology (Boston, USA). Currently he is developing a dissertation on informality in the Doctor of Design Program at Harvard GSD.
He has presented lectures and papers in seminars and peer-reviewed publications from cities like Barcelona, Boston, Buenos Aires, Caracas, Delft, México City, Nairobi, New York, Puebla, and Santiago; and he has won several awards including a Fellowship in Urban Design for the study of systems of streams in Caracas (IDB, 2002), Honorable Mention in the International competition of urban and social projects (CAF, 2012), Finalist in the Guangzhou International Award for Urban Innovation (UCLG,2016), the EB1 Visa of Extraordinaires Abilities (USCIS, 2017), and the New York City Summer Fellowship of the IPA Institute of Public Architecture (IPA, 2018).