Marcela is a Masters of City Planning candidate at MIT and serves as a research assistant for both CoLab and the venture accelerator DesignX. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Los Andes University, where she obtained her B.A in Architecture in 2011. Throughout her studies and professional practice, she has widened her role as an architect to actively participate in the design, planning and execution of projects at the intersection of urban design, environmental planning and equity building. Her work includes participating in the conceptualization of a new habitation model for oil-extraction regions in Colombia, the design of a resettlement project to address environmental risk in an informal neighborhood and the development of a spatial analysis model to prioritize landscape interventions in Bogotá, which was based on social and environmental conditions. Her current research explores the development of parks and green open spaces as tools for reconciliation in post-conflict contexts.
Prior to DUSP she worked as architect and urban designer at the studio of the renowned Colombian architect Felipe Uribe, as urban planner for the oil-company Pacific and as public policy and strategy consultant at a small innovation lab.