Lorena Bello

Lorena Bello is Lecturer at MIT’s Department of Architecture since January 2013, where she teaches students fundamentals of the design of the built environment ranging from the scale of the object and buildings, to that of the city and larger territories. Lorena’s research focuses on large scale territorial implications of infrastructure and urbanization as catalysts for design. She examined this topic with her 2015 PhD in Urbanism “Hybrid Networks”, first under the guidance of the late Manuel de Sola-Morales and finished under Joan Busquets. In 2014 Lorena founded TERRALAB, to continue this research with studios and projects. Since then, she has collaborated with the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in Spain (2016), the Aga Khan Foundation in India (2017-2018), Fundación Social in Colombia (2017-), TUMO Foundation in Armenia (2018) and the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies in Mexico (2018-). Lorena has engaged in workshops with Universities and/or governments in Colombia, Japan, Spain, Mexico, China, and Portugal.

Prior to 2008, Lorena worked in Barcelona as project director at Aldayjover Architecture and Landscape where she led projects at different scales including those within the Water Park 2008 international exhibit in Zaragoza. She was also research assistant at the Joan Miró Foundation and the Building Tech Institute of Catalonia (ITEC). Lorena holds a B.Arch in Architecture and Civil Engineering with honors from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, UPC (B.Arch´05), a Masters of Architecture in Urban Design from the Harvard School of Design GSD (MAUD´11), and a European PhD in Urbanism from UPC (PhD´15).