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Rafael De Balanzo Joue

Visiting Assistant Professor


Rafael de Balanzo is the founder of the Urban Resilience Thinking Design Studio . He is also a member of the Habitat Action Without Borders Work Program of the Architects Without Borders International (ASF-int), and he received the 2021-2023 Russell Sage Research Project Grant Award and 2022 CUNY Interdisciplinary Research Grant. He received architecture awards from the Belgium Government and the Associations of Spanish and Catalan Architects and he was the recipient of the 2019 Colombia Fulbright Chair for Urban Resilience at Del Tolima University, Ibague, Colombia .

He is also an adjunct professor at EINA School of Design at the University Autonoma de Barcelona and visiting professor at ENSAP School of Architecture and Landscape in Bordeaux in France.

He taught at the University Pompeu Fabra, ELISAVA School of Engineering and Design, Barcelona, Spain, and the University of Southampton, Winchester School of Art, UK.

Currently, his research in Sustainability used the resilience thinking approach by understanding the social-technological-ecological systems dynamics and cycles of change in linked complex adaptive systems such as cities, communities, and buildings.

His last peer-review publications are the following:

* Diego Saez Ujaque, Pere Fuertes Perez, Maria Pilar Garcia Almirall & Rafael de Balanzó Joue. (2022)

Embedded resilience in the built stock. Lessons from socio-spatial interpretation. The case of CanFugarolas (Barcelona) . Building Research & Information
Volume 50, 2022 – Issue 3 .

* Saez Ujaque, D.; Roca, E.; de Balanzó Joue, R.; Fuertes, P.; Garcia-Almirall, P. (2021)
Resilience and Urban Regeneration Policies. Lessons from Community-Led Initiatives . Sustainability, 13, 12855.

* Balanzó, R. & Rodrí­guez-Planas, N. (2018)

Crisis and Reorganization in Urban Dynamics: The Barcelona Case Study . Ecology & Society, 23(4):6.

* Ph.D. in Sustainability Science
* E.U. Registered Architect
* Master Landscape Architecture & Design