Soledad Patiño

Design Critic in Urban Planning and Design

Soledad Patiño is an Argentinian architect and urbanist, founding partner of the research and design practice Region Austral. She works as Consultant at the Housing and Urban Development Division of the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB). At IADB she coordinates and leads urban design initiatives and programs focused on slum upgrading, urban resilience, migration, and ecological design, as well as metropolitan governance in Latin America.

Soledad is a licensed architect and was appointed professor in the School of Architecture and Urbanism at the National University of Cordoba (UNC). Her work focus on exploring socio-ecological approaches to urban planning and design, addressing issues of inequity, social justice, and sustainable infrastructure, with a special interest in building resilience in vulnerable contexts in cities. She holds a Bachelor in Architecture from the UNC School of Architecture and Urbanism, and a Master of Architecture in Urban Design with Distinction from the Harvard Graduate School of Design (2020), where she received the Award of Academic Excellence in Urban Design.

Her work has been featured in recognized exhibitions and events about architecture and urbanism, such as the Chicago Architecture Biennial (2019), the International Biennial of Architecture of Argentina (2018), and HABITAT III, the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (2016) in Quito. She was also awarded in numerous national and international competitions and fellowships, including a Fulbright Scholarship by the Argentine Ministry of Education (2018-2021), and a Penny White Research Fellowship at Harvard. More recently, she was recipient of the First Prize in the Holcim Foundation´s Next Generation Awards (2021) for her work reimagining sanitation infrastructure for precarious settlements in India.

Soledad´s writings include published essays and books on issues to do with contemporary urbanization. She is co-author and editor of “Ecological Design: Strategies for the Vulnerable City: Urban green infrastructure and public space in Latin America and the Caribbean” (2022), a publication on urban policies, strategies, and case studies to enhance public space in the most vulnerable areas of Latin America through green infrastructure and nature-based solutions. In collaboration with Rahul Mehrotra, she edited “Extreme Urbanism 6 – Sanitation as Infrastructure” (2021), on how sanitation infrastructure could be potentially imagined and designed in marginalized communities in Mumbai. In 2019 she wrote “Fracking Landscapes: Mapping socio-environmental conflicts in Vaca Muerta, Argentina” (2019), a book on extractivism and its impacts on urbanization. She also contributed with the IADB in the Inmigrando series which seeks to understand migration flux, its impact, and potentials on destination cities.