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Catalina Freixas

Assistant Professor


Givens 209

Campus Box 1031

MArch, School of Architecture and Urban Design, University of Buenos Aires


Catalina Freixas, LEED AP BD+C, has more than fifteen years of experience teaching design studios and seminars, and has focused her research on sustainable design. As an architect, Freixas has worked for a number of national and international firms on a range of projects such as corporate office, housing, hospitality, educational, and residential facilities. In 2010, she opened laulab St. Louis, an office she shares with her partner, senior lecturer Pablo Moyano. Through her writings, Freixas has redefined the phenomena of post-industrial cities as metamorphic cities, metropolises that take on transformation through eco-urbanism, which advocates a shift from conventional planning goals of economic and population growth to environmental sustainability and increased quality of life. Through her research, she attempts to create a new set of metrics to evaluate shrinking cities through the lens of the "three pillars" of sustainability: economic development, environmental protection, and social equity. At a building scale, she is conducting an optimization assessment of open office standards for health-care environments.

Freixas is a two-time recipient of grants through The Divided City: An Urban Humanities Initiative, funded by the Mellon Foundation; these grants have allowed her to research issues of segregation in post-industrial cities such as St. Louis, Cincinnati, and Detroit through the lens of sustainability, inclusion, and community resiliency. She continues to devote herself to promoting sustainability via her research, teaching, and practice.