Founder + Managing Principal
Adriana brings a strong background in architecture, urban planning and development work, where she has focused on urban rehabilitation, social housing and community development. Her work experience ranges from small-scale residential projects, to large, multi-million dollar institutional and international development projects. She holds a Master’s degree in Architecture, and a Master's degree in City and Regional Planning from UC Berkeley, as well as a BS Arch (Honors) from the University of Virginia. She has practiced in the private sector working for Rafael Viñoly Architects (NYC), and OPX (Washington DC); in academia as an Instructor and Researcher at UC Berkeley where she won the prestigious John K. Branner Fellowship in 2010 conducting a comparative analysis of current "slum" upgrading strategies in over 12 countries in Latin America, Asia and Africa; and in the UN as Housing and Urban Planning Advisor for UNOPS, the operational branch of the United Nations.
After 3 years in Port-au-Prince as a lead in the first and largest reconstruction project in Haiti, Adriana relocated to Washington DC late 2014 to push forward the urban development program for UNOPS. Adriana founded urbanSEED in April 2016 aiming to create inclusive, contextual and sustainable projects and developments in the Washington DC and beyond.
Adriana is also the founder of FAVELissues, an interdisciplinary platform discussing urban informality and urban development for which she regularly contributes and administers, and a co-founder of BUILDING LOCAL, a non-profit organization which organizes international design-build workshops exploring the aesthetic, assembly and tectonic qualities of vernacular materials and construction techniques such as earth, stone, bamboo and wood.
Moreover, Adriana serves in the Steering Committee for the DC Accessory Dwelling Units Workgroup (DC ADU) led by the Coalition for Smarter Growth, and is one of nine members in the American Red Cross Recovery Technical Advisory Group.