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Angela Maria Franco Calderon

Angela Maria Franco Calderon

Architect, Specialist in Urban Planning and MSc in Sociology

PhD Candidate

Latin American Studies + Urban Theory

Latin American Studies - Urban Theory, Redevelopment, Urban Upgrading


Angela Franco is an Architect, specialist in Urban Planning, MSc in Sociology, and current PhD candidate at University of Cambridge in the UK.

She was awarded with the Hubert H. Humphrey - Fulbright Fellowship at MIT and there she carried out research projects as part of the Special Program of Urban and Regional Studies. She is an Associated Professor of the Department of Architecture at Universidad del Valle in Colombia. She leads the Research Group "Observatory of Contemporary Architecture and Urbanism" and her projects are mainly focused on informal settlements, urban redevelopment and sociology. The National Council of Architecture awarded one of her research works in urban sociology in Colombia as 2009 best academic research.

Research Interests

Urban redevelopment, urban upgrading and public space in Latin American cities.

Key Publications

  • Books

­- Waterfronts: urban design and landscaping. Escala Ed. Bogota & Universidad del Valle, Colombia, 2012.

­- Impact and Management of Public Facilities in Bogota. Escala Ed. Bogota & Universidad del Valle, Colombia, 2010.

­ Social Impacts of Urban Renewal Programs. Case Study: ‘Third Millennium’ Project. Escala Ed. Bogota & Universidad del Valle, Colombia, 2010.

­* As Editor: Housing and Architecture in the Colombian Pacific Region. Afro-Colombian Heritage. Author: Gilma Mosquera Torres, Universidad del Valle, Cali, Colombia, 2010.

  • Papers

­   ‘Urban facilities as instruments to build city and citizenship’ DeArq Review, No.11. Pg. 10-21. Universidad de Los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia, 2012.

­   ‘Educational architecture and urban development’. Educación y Pedagogía Review, No.21. Pg. 141-153. Universidad de Antioquia, Medellin, Colombia, 2009.

‘Regional planning for high-risk earthquake zones. Case of study: reconstruction process of the coffee region, Colombia’. CIOT Congress Review, Zaragoza, Spain, 2003.