Teaching Team

Uni Norte & ETH 2015 Teaching Team

Prof. Fabián Amaya, Area de Arquitectura, Urbanismo y Diseño, Universidad del Norte

Fabian Amaya_photo My name is Fabian Amaya Valdivieso, I’m an architect master in architectonic design at TU Darmstadt, Germany. With 30 years of professional experience in areas such as architectonic and urban design, project management, teaching, investigation and university administration. Co-founder of the architecture program at Universidad del Norte. Currently I’m the Department of Architecture and Urbanism’s director as well of the Master in Urbanism and Urban development at Uninorte.

Prof. Marisabella De Castro Abello, Departamento de Diseño, Universidad del Norte

Marisabella de Castro_photo My name is Marisabella De Castro. I´m a business manager with a designer´s heart, with an MSc in Retail Marketing and currently developing my Doctorate in Design at the University of Hertfordshire in the UK. I´m interested in understanding complex systems and developing new ways of understanding them. My research interest topics include service design, design thinking and social innovation. Throughout my 10 years of experience I´ve been working with design methodologies to help organizations achieve their marketing and innovation goals, and for the last five years I´ve worked at Uninorte as a lecturer and currently as Head of the Design Department.

Marie Grob – Urban Think-Tank, Department of Architecture, ETH Zürich


My name is Marie Grob, and I studied architecture at the Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne (EPFL) and the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm (KTH). During my master’s, I worked as an assistant for the 1st year studio under Dieter Dietz, and also at the International Workshop “Urban Body”, held in Beijing at Tsinghua University.

After gaining experience in Switzerland and San Francisco, I joined Urban Think-Tank at ETHZ as a research assistant. At U-TT I am now working on a research project focused on Barranquilla, including the summer school and the design project “Fábrica de Cultura – Escuela Distrital de Arte”. As a tutor, I am looking forward to supporting the students in the development of perceptive and sustainable visions for the market, and also in learning how to communicate their ideas to a broader audience.

Alice HertzogTrans-Disciplinarity Lab, Department of Environmental Systems Science, ETH Zürich

AliceMy name is Alice Hertzog and I am an urban anthropologist working at the TdLab. I will be running this course for the second time, and with my colleagues will be leading participants through a challenging urban investigation.

I trained as an anthropologist at Cambridge University and then in urban policy at Sciences Po’ and l’Ecole Normale Sup’ in Paris. Today, my main research interests are in urban migration – exploring how migrants contribute to and transform the city. This is the theme of my doctorate and an on-going collaboration with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation. I have previously worked on social integration and participatory urban development for the city of Paris, the city of Nantes, the Foundation de France and Urban Think-Tank. As an anthropologist I very much hope we can capture the perspective of the people who live and work in the central market in Barranquilla!

Prof. Hubert Klumpner – Urban Think-Tank, Department of Architecture, ETH Zürich

Hubert Hubert Klumpner was born in Salzburg, Austria in 1965. He graduated in 1993 from the University of Applied Arts in Vienna in the Master Class of Prof. Hans Hollein. Klumpner worked with Enrique Miralles and Paul Rudolph before receiving a Master of Science in Architecture and Urban Design from Columbia University in 1995. He has been a member of the German Chamber of Architects since 1997. In 1998 Klumpner joined Alfredo Brillembourg as Director of Urban-Think Tank (U-TT) in Caracas. Starting in 2007, Klumpner has been a guest professor at the Graduate School of Architecture and Planning, Columbia University, where he co-founded the Sustainable Living Urban Model Laboratory (S.L.U.M. Lab) with Alfredo Brillembourg. Along with Brillembourg, Klumpner holds the chair for Architecture and Urban Design at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, (ETH Zurich). As co-principle of U-TT, Klumpner has received the 2010 Ralph Erskine Award, the 2011 Holcim Gold Award for Latin America and the 2012 Holcim Global Silver Award for innovative contributions to ecological and social design practices. Klumpner was part of the Golden Lion-wining team at the 13th International Exhibition of Architecture at the Biennale of Venice for the installation, “Torre David/Gran Horizonte”. He is currently Dean of the architecture department at ETH.

Javier Ortigosa – Traffic Engineering Research Group (SVT), Institute for Transport Planning and Systems (IVT), Department of Civil Engineering, ETH Zürich


My name is Javier Ortigosa, and I am a traffic engineering currently completing my PhD at the Institute for Transport Planning and Systems (IVT) in the Civil Engineering department at ETH. My research focuses on traffic patterns in urban areas. I have lived in Switzerland for the past 4 years, but I am originally from Barcelona, Spain. I graduated in Civil Engineering at the Barcelona Tech University (UPC), and while in Spain, I also worked in different Transport Management companies. Last year I also took part in the Barranquilla summer school where I worked as a tutor. My role was to help students plan more sustainable traffic and public transport systems as well as better public spaces for pedestrians and cyclists.

Prof. Edgard David Rincón, Departamento de Diseño, Universidad del Norte

Edgard Rincon_photoMy name is Edgard David Rincon Quijano and I am an Industrial Designer Working as a full time teacher of the Industrial Design and the Urbanism and territorial development Master Programs at Universidad del Norte in Barranquilla, As a summer school tutor my goal is to support students on approaching the human scale dynamics and intercultural value of the market from a design thinking perspective.

I’m trained as an Industrial designer at Universidad Nacional de Colombia in Bogotá and have a master in industrial design and product development from the Escuela de Arquitectura y Diseño de America Latina y el Caribe ISTHMUS in Panamá, I worked as an assistant and advisor with several research groups at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia and as tutor in the Interdisciplinary Program to Support the community PRIAC, on citizens Strengthening Projects; Also as an advisor to the National University Outreach Office, as Academic coordinator of the Universidad-Empresa Bogota Region Committee and Director of Project Office of Technology Transfer at this University. Today as a teacher and researcher, I worked with my students on Product Strategy and Marketing Management, Strengthening Dynamics of Social Innovation, Technology Transfer and Sustainability in the Design for social innovation an sustainability experimental Lab, Disca Lab.

Prof. Dr. Michael Stauffacher Trans-Disciplinarity Lab, Department of Environmental Systems Science, ETH Zürich
MichaelMy name is Michael Stauffacher, and I am the co-director of the Td Lab. My main research interests are twofold: (i) at the substantive level, I am involved in various fields of sustainability research, like for instance siting contested infrastructure projects, the development of sustainable community energy strategies, sustainable urban development and integrated water management and river restoration; (ii) at the process level, my interests are in possibilities and limitations of collaborations at the science-society interface in contested societal decision processes. I am specifically interested in the role of science and the interplay of individual decisions and broader societal contexts and processes. This is the first time I will be travelling to South America, and I am looking forward to being challenged by new experiences in Barranquilla!

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