Melissa Gutiérrez Soto

Melissa graduated from Architecture with concentration in Landscape and Urbanism from Universidad de Monterrey in 2014, receiving Honours for her thesis “MUNIS”, a study 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. She joins the SMarchS Urbanism program interested in the research for friendlier systems, gamification of processes and design for inclusive cities.

Areas of Interest
Community Development, Education, Feminism, Gender Studies, Landscape, 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

Professional Experience

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


2018 -
José Miguel Bejos Fellowship, MIT
2015 -
Honorific Mention, SANL Biennial
2014 -
Honors, Thesis: Public Learning Spaces for Mexican Children, Universidad de Monterrey