MU Students 2014-2016
Wilbert Jose Aguilar Mendez, Mexico
Wilbert Aguilar studied his Bachelor in Architecture in Universidad Marista de Mérida in México. He has work experience in the public and private sector. He worked for the Local Government at The Cartography Department for two years. He also has experience working for an Architecture firm and a Construction enterprise. Therefore, he gained knowledge and skills in different fields, as well as experience working with professionals from many backgrounds. Additionally, he has volunteered for several years in communities affected by poverty. As a result of both, professional experience and volunteering, he views urban development from different approaches, understanding that there are many factors involved in this complex topic that should be considered in order to propose projects and plans that become successful. His areas of interest are sustainable emergency architecture and social participation in construction.
Dana Barqawi, Jordan
Dana is an architect and a growing self-taught visual artist. Since her graduation in 2012, she has been participating in various art exhibitions in Amman, Jordan as well as working as a teaching and research assistant at the German Jordanian University where she was involved in supervising student design projects about refugee camps and livelihoods. Apart from her work, Dana is engaged as 'Project Design and Support' with the Refutrees grass-roots initiative that targets refugee communities and seeks people-led, sustainable development for Palestinian refugees, helping end donor reliance through food sovereignty and green, social innovation. Through her academic and professional experiences, Dana continues to focus on concepts of social, political and environmental solutions to sustain cities, and explore concepts that are holistic in their understanding of communities’ needs. Dana has a genuine interest in taking an active role in the strategies towards sustainable urban transformations and in the future, wishes to work on projects and decisions that have real consequences for real people.
Rekik Beyene Getahun, Germany
I was born and raised in Addis Ababa, Ethiopian. At the age of ten my family and I moved to Germany. Ever since I have lived in two different multicultural countries, which have greatly contributed to my identity and desire to explore other countries and cultures. My desire to understand urban planning skills and innovative urban development strategies in order to reduce high social inequality between countries was one of the reasons why I enrolled at Technical University of Darmstadt and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture in 2014. Following that, I worked in an urban planning firm in Darmstadt, where I gained valuable professional experiences. In Mundus Urbano I am looking forward to extending my knowledge in urban development, especially in the context of developing countries. I am confident that studying within international students and scholars will broaden my horizons and enable me to develop global consciousness and also to improve my skills in cross-cultural communication.
Pinar Bilgic, Turkey
Born and raised in the capital city of Turkey, Ankara, Pinar has a background in architecture. Upon graduation from Gazi University in 2010, she worked at architecture firms as project architect and at the municipality as a supervisor architect. After experiencing both the private and public sectors, she decided to go deeper on issues about urban governance as she recognized the conflict between the need to build more and to meet this need in a sustainable way. Her main motivation is to explore how to live in harmony with nature, which should not be just an imaginary utopia.
Arturo Crespo, Bolivia
Born in La Paz, Bolivia, Arturo Crespo obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the ‘Universidad Catolica Boliviana’. After completing the program, he worked as an intern in the Latin American Development Bank (CAF), where he reviewed documentation concerning the technical, economic, social and environmental aspects of the hiring processes for multiple infrastructure projects. Later on he worked in the newly implemented mass cable transport system in La Paz city as a junior engineer. His main focus is contributing to the transformation of Latin American cities by making them inclusive, competitive and sustainable.
Reza Daniswara, Indonesia
Reza, borned in Indonesia, is an architect, adventurer, and self-taught musician. After graduating from Catholic University of Parahyangan in his hometown, Bandung, He worked in a real-estate private company in Jakarta, and specialize himself in project management, working on high-rise building, and high-rise apartments in various areas in Indonesia. His work also involves him in working with municipalities, and urban planners. His passion in architecture transformed to a more macro level since he did a diving expedition for potential diving spots in eastern part of Indonesia, which required him to work with local groups and communities. He finished his studies with a research about Colonial Masterplan Preservation in the City of Bandung. His other research also talks about how traditional architecture transform in modern building. He is always fascinated with culture, society development, and how it connects in urban fabric. These strings of experience and passion led him to Mundus Urbano Program where he want to nurtured his experience and skill in urban development.
Edith Minerva De Los Santos Jimenez, Dominican Republic
Born and raised in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, between the active and accelerated life of an energetic society. A society built between the mountains, the sea and the rhythm of the Caribbean music and influenced by an intercultural family spread on the globe. While yet studying architecture at Pontificia Universidad Catolica Madre y Maestra, I started working on my field on different governmental institutions of my country and finally graduated in 2013. My last work experience at the Planning and Projects Department of the Ministry of Tourism of the Dominican Republic, where my task was to organize, evaluate and coordinate projects in the interest of the ministry and that took take place in different areas of our country. From this, being involved on development project and my background knowledge, I realized I wanted to stay on the participatory, volunteering and working on non-profits project in the development countries, to make a directly and positively impacts on communities. This program of “International Cooperation and Urban Development” would be the stepping-stone into a long lasting career, which I believed would allow me to complete my studies and help me become a well-rounded and globally aware architect that could potentially impact others through her work.
Hamza Diab, Syria
Hamza was born and raised in Damascus, Syria. He graduated in 2011 from Damascus University with a bachelor degree in architecture. After graduating he began his professional career in Lebanon at a private architecture firm. The humanitarian crisis caused by the recent political turmoil and rapid demographic changes in Syria inspired him to turn his focus to aid work. Working as a shelter technician with the International Non-Governmental Organization “Save the Children”, he dedicated himself to assisting displaced people with housing issues. Now, studying in the Mundus Urbano program he hopes to gain further skills relating to urban development and social cohesion. Considering that he has roots in an ancient city, he also has a keen interest in matters of heritage preservation.
Frederico Duff de Azevedo, Brazil
Frederico Duff de Azevedo is from Sao Paulo, Brazil and holds a bachelor degree in civil engineering, granted by Sao Paulo State University (UNESP). After graduation, he worked for four years for an urban developer private company in the infrastructure area. As professional goals, he wants to acquire theoretical knowledge in urban and infrastructure planning to help Brazil and other countries to develop in a sustainable and organized way.
Elvia Angelica Erosa Mercado, Mexico
Elvia was born in Mexico. She grew up surrounded by architects and civil engineers, which made her extremely comfortable playing in construction sites. She studied architecture at Universidad del Valle de México and after graduating she has worked for municipalities and as the general manager of a small construction company. During her professional experience years, she got a deeper view into her city´s socio-economic problems and often questioned the urban policies implemented by the government. She is interested in green architecture and urban planning; and she is convinced that small-scale projects can make the biggest difference. As a Mundus Urbano student, she is having the time of her life.
Eric Gaisie, Ghana
Urban Development Planning and Management
Eric Gaisie is from Kumasi, the second largest city in Ghana. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Settlement Planning in 2012 from the Department of Planning, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST). After his BSc. he served as a Teaching and Research Assistant in his alma mater and later worked with OAK Development Advisory, a private consultancy firm, where he handled land use planning projects. He has also worked on short basis with research and development organisations like Tropenbos International Ghana (TBI – Ghana), Ghana Center for Democratic Development (CDD – Ghana) and Millennium Villages Project. Eric seeks to pursue the academia further and has special interests in studies on informal settlements, housing policy and infrastructure planning.
Anthony Hugh Jaganaught, Jamaica
Anthony Jaganaught, born in St. Andrew, Jamaica, completed his bachelor’s studies in Civil Engineering at North Carolina A&T State University. His professional experience includes research on pavement materials at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, as well as working in his home country on road and building construction projects. Through his experiences, both abroad and at home, Anthony has realized the impact of urbanization processes on energy demand and infrastructures in the built environment. This has motivated him to pursue further study in International Cooperation and Urban Development, to fill gaps in his knowledge, strengthen his decision-making principles and to be a better-rounded engineer.
Julissa Kiyenje, Uganda
Julissa Kiyenje holds a BSc in Architecture from Cardiff University. Driven by her fervor for socio-economic development within the built environment discourse, Julissa co-founded the architectural NGO Orkidstudio and worked on sustainable projects in Uganda and Bolivia. She proceeded to work for the Nairobi based Architecture and Land Use firm Planning Systems Services in both their Project Management and their CSR department, Community Cooker Foundation (CCF) which was seed funded by UNEP. As a Programme Officer, Julissa’s efforts focused on alternative technical solutions to address waste management and access to energy within informal settlements in Kenya. Her areas of interest include social entrepreneurship, urbanization and slum upgrading.
Maria Krylova, Russian Federation
MBA & Architect
Maria Krylova is from Moscow, Russia has completed Bachelor of Architecture and Specialist of Urban Planning in Moscow Architectural Institute (MARHI). She worked several years in private sector with a diverse types of architectural projects. Mundus Urbano programme brings an opportunity for international work experience and development projects.
Vuk Markovic, Montenegro
Vuk Markovic, from Niksic, Montenegro, holds Bachelor degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Belgrade. His professional experience includes practice in Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism of Montenegro, where he worked on National landscape policy, implementation of European Landscape Convention and coordination of spatial plans. He also cooperated with UN system of Montenegro, as freelance Landscape Architect. He finds Mundus Urbano master programme a great opportunity to acquire theoretical and practical knowledge in dealing with challenges of urban development on global scale, in international and interdisciplinary environment, as an added value.
Andrew Martin, Canada
Andrew hails from Vancouver and holds a BA in Geography from McGill University in Montréal. He was first introduced to the unique challenges of informal urban development while on a field study in East Africa, and subsequently interned with an implementation agency in Nairobi to support the establishment of a women’s crisis centre. He returned to Vancouver, first working for the region’s public transit agency, and then later with Free the Children, a Canadian charity, where he worked to empower youth to address local community issues in Western Canada. Andrew is passionate about cycling, gardening, group facilitation, community housing, collaborative design, experiential environmental education, block parties, and evolving our cities to meet the challenges of the 22nd century.
Alexandria Tillie Novokowsky, Canada
International Development/ Latin American Studies
Alexandria Novokowsky, born in Ottawa, Canada, holds a combined bachelor’s degree in international development studies and Latin American studies (with honours) from the University of King’s College in Halifax. Since graduating she has worked for several Non Governmental Organizations in a variety of development projects in Latin America. More specifically she has worked in project management positions in the Andean region of South America, focusing on gender/ youth empowerment in Bolivia and youth employment/ volunteer programming in Peru. Additionally, she has extensive professional experience fundraising in Canada for organizations such as Doctors Without Borders, UNICEF, Amnesty International, the Canadian Red Cross, the Nature Conservancy, among others. After completing an investigative research paper at the University of Havana on agricultural cooperatives, her main interest lies in incorporating urban agriculture solutions into refugee camps and economically disadvantaged neighbourhoods.
Ege Ozer, Turkey
City and regional Planning
Ege Özer is from ?stanbul, Turkey. He graduated as an urban planner from Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University. He works at Kaunos Archaeological Excavation, Mu?la in summer times. He has a habit of entering design competitions. He believes “Design” is the ultimate form of immortality, building something that will live on after you passed away. His current goal is merging “design”, “archaeology” and “architecture” in today’s modern cities.
Giulia Sala, Italy
Urban Planning and Policy design
Giulia Sala, from Italy, obtains a Master degree in Urban Planning and Policy Design in 2011 at Politecnico of Milan. She had the opportunity to explore the theme of the participatory process at the London South Bank University, and to apply this studies in an internship in a private practice in Rotterdam. After graduation she started working in a private practise based in Milan that has several years of experience in Urban Planning in the East Africa area. The dynamics and the issues that those areas are facing represented a new challenge in her working experience so far. The participation to the UN-Habitat 6th World Urban Forum, was the occasion to get in touch with new perspectives in the Urban Planning field. The needs to acquire more knowledge about the International Cooperation and its role in the urban development were the reason to her application to the program.
Manoel Schlindwein, Brazil
Manoel Schlindwein is a journalist with more than 10 years of practice in newsrooms and public relations agencies in Brazil. In 2007, after working in Brasília to the magazine of the federal think tank IPEA (Institute for Applied Economic Research), he moved to São Paulo to lead the strategic content division of the official state department of communications. Now he is in charge of the BluePR branches in Europe, managing the Work the World initiative across 27 other PR companies. He had merit-based scholarships for specializations in communication management at Universidade de São Paulo and in public administration at Harvard University. At Mundus Urbano Manoel wants to strengthen his awareness about global issues and deepen his research skills.
Qiong Shen, China
Qiong Shen, from Zhejiang, China, holds a Bachelor in Urban Planning of Sun Yat-Sen University. After study and an internship in an institute of planning and architectural design, she has worked as a planner for over a year in an A-level planning company in Shanghai. Throughout her work, she focused on regulatory plannings and comprehensive plannings on both local and regional scales, which mainly concern land use, deployment strategy, policy statement, etc.
Gladys Vasquez Fauggier, Guatemala
Architect/ Urban Planning
Gladys Vasquez Fauggier born in Guatemala City and completed her bachelor degree in Architecture from the University of San Carlos de Guatemala in 2012 while working at the Municipality of Guatemala City at the Urban Planning Department in the last 4 years. This experience helped her to realize and be aware of all the problems and complexity of cities in terms of environment, culture, economy and politics, so that brought her to Mundus Urbano.
Adha Montpelierina Viala, Indonesia
Adha Montpelierina Viala was born and grew up almost her entire life in Bandung - a student city 200 km away from Jakarta, the capital city of Indonesia. She graduated in 2011 with Bachelor Degree in Architecture from Parahyangan Catholic University in Bandung. She developed a keen interest in the area of social-economic penetration in urban development. Later on, she spent three years living in Jakarta and worked in a private architecture consultant mostly dealing with public and commercial buildings. Parallel with her work, she was involved in a non-government program in increasing children education awareness up until she joined Mundus Urbano program.
Eugenia Marinaki, Greece
Eugenia Marinaki comes from Athens, Greece. She studied civil engineering with a specialization in hydraulic systems in the National Technical University of Athens. Along with her studies, the working experience she gained in the Special Secretariat for Water of the Greek ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Change reinforced her interest in urban infrastructure and water recourses management. After her graduation she moved in Frankfurt in order to participate the masters program in urban planning in the University of Applied Sciences in Frankfurt.