J. Antonio Lara-Hernandez | Architect and urban Designer | PhD in urban planning

He has more than five years’ experience as a registered architect and urban designer and a chartered member of the Colegio de Arquitectos de Merida (Mexico). In addition, he was a co-founder of the IMPLAN-Merida (Municipal Institute of Urban Planning in Merida City).
His research and professional experience include works in Mexico, Italy, Switzerland, New Zealand and United Kingdom. He focuses on research topics related to informality in the urban landscape, as well as studies on urban sustainability and resilience in the context of world heritage city centers. Currently his research interests are in the field of social sustainability and the temporary appropriation as an informal process of the urban landscape. Antonio is a member of the curatorial team of the Italian Pavilion of the Architecture Biennale 2020 lead by Prof Alessandro Melis. Dr. Lara-Hernandez is also collaborating at the Research Centre for Sustainable Cities in Campeche (Mexico) and the Cluster of Sustainable Cities in the University of Portsmouth (UK). Antonio has published several academic articles on the impact of the transformation of the built environment at the streetscape level towards the diversity of temporary appropriation in world heritage city centers.