Leonardo Ricaurte


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B10 - School of Built Environment, University of Reading

Leonardo holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the National University of Colombia. He has experience in design, regulatory coordination, and construction site supervision of housing projects in Bogotá. Likewise, he holds an Erasmus Mundus joint master’s degree in international cooperation in urban development and urban planning between the Technical University of Darmstadt in Germany and the University Grenoble Alpes in France. He has collected experience in participatory design activities and co-creation sessions with communities in Colombia and Germany, by partaking in collective projects of capacitybuilding, urban upgrading, and grassroots movements in the crossroads of academic and professional scenarios.

Similarly, he has research experience in sustainable and affordable housing projects fostering participatory practices, the Sustainable Development Goals, and the New Urban Agenda, as part of an internship in the research laboratory CRAterre in Grenoble. In 2020, he defended his master's dissertation “Possibilities of participatory tools in the attainment of sustainable housing solutions: The case of Bogotá” receiving a "mention très bien" with commendations from the jury. This research focused on the production of social housing in the context of international frameworks of sustainability, and the impact of market-led housing systems, urban inequality, and gentrification when creating comprehensive policies and strategies.

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