Melissa Gutiérrez Soto

Melissa is currently a Master of Science in Architecture Studies in Urbanism (SMarchS AU) candidate at the School of Architecture and Planning at MIT. She is currently researching on Migration Patterns and Cross Border Urbanisms, to examine urban design responses to the dynamics of migration in México. Melissa holds a BArch with a concentration on Landscape and Urbanism from Universidad de Monterrey. She graduated with Honors with her thesis “MUNIS” that examines the design for new public learning spaces for Mexican children.

In 2018, she completed UPC's post-graduate studies "Ephemeral Space”, interested in the areas of tactical urbanism and public installations. From 2014 to 2018, she was part of W.E.Y.E.S. Estudio, an interdisciplinary design studio in Monterrey, México, where she collaborated as Project Leader, participating in social, educational and design projects. Melissa is currently a member of the editorial team of Pliegos W, a free publication about Architecture, Education, Innovation and Design.

Areas of Interest
Community Development, Education, Feminism, Gender Studies, Landscape, Latin American Architecture, Parks and Recreation, Social Equity, Social, Inclusion, and Diversity Planning, Urban Design


2018 -
SMArchS Urbanism, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
2017 - 2018
Ephemeral Space, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya
2009 - 2014
Architecture, Universidad de Monterrey

Academic Experience

2020 -
Teaching Assistant to Alexander D'Hooge, Option Studio, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
2019 -
Teaching Assistant to Rania Ghosn, "Contemporary Urbanism Proseminar: Theory and Representation", Massachusetts Institute of Technology
2019 -
Research Assistant to Rafi Segal, "Starter Communities: Architecture and Rural-Urbanism in Cavite Province", Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Professional Experience

2014 - 2018
Project Leader, W.E.Y.E.S. Estudio


2020 -
Harold Horowitz (1951) Student Research Fund, MIT
2019 -
NuVu Prize, MIT
2019 -
Julian Beinart Award, MIT
2018 -
José Miguel Bejos Fellowship, MIT
2015 -
Honorific Mention, SANL Biennial
2014 -
Honors, Thesis: Public Learning Spaces for Mexican Children, Universidad de Monterrey