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Catalina Freixas

Catalina Freixas has taught in the Sam Fox School since 2004. She is engaged in urban humanities research and practice, with a focus on neighborhood resiliency. Freixas’ current research attempts to identify characteristics of resilience as integrated processes and systems. Her long-term objective is to use this research to generate quantitative eco-urbanism strategies that can be utilized to promote resilient communities in a wide range of urban settings. She is presently working with the City of St. Louis to undertake a pilot project once the optimization model is operational. Freixas’ previous work was oriented to a better understanding of the causes and consequences of racial residential segregation, as well as the development of strategies to mitigate segregation in metropolitan areas. This project has led to the new book, Segregation by Design: Conversations and Calls for Action in St. Louis (Springer, 2019). Her work has been supported by grants from The Divided City initiative and InCEES. She has shared her research widely through national and international conference presentations and in peer-reviewed papers and publications. Freixas weaves her approach to resilient design into her studios and seminars, which has had a significant impact on students in the School’s undergraduate and graduate programs, as well as its Architecture Discovery Program for high school students, which she has directed since 2012.

Work by Catalina Freixas

Book cover including an image of St. Louis overlayed with green color with the title Segregation by Design

Segregation by Design: Conversations and Calls for Actions in St. Louis

Rendering and elevation of a large 4-story lab and research facility with a glass-walled inset on one corner.

Site plan and two renderings of a public building in a landscaped office park with retaining ponds and outdoor walkways and seating.

Expansive site plan drawing and rendering of a lab or medical complex with a landscaped office park surrounding, featuring a large gazebo.

Two renderings of a city block with twinned high rises with glass walls, balconies, and angled roofs.