Meet RMIT’s Senior Industry Fellow in Urban Design, Juan Cortés

Meet RMIT’s Senior Industry Fellow in Urban Design, Juan Cortés

Juan Cortés, an urban designer who leads the Cities Studio at AECOM Spain and is a BREEAM® Urbanism Assessor, has been appointed as Senior Industry Fellow in the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies at RMIT University.

Cortés works with governments, municipalities and large-scale stakeholders to develop urban strategies that catalyse healthy and equitable places. 

His current research focuses on cultural landscapes and rural settlement planning in Spain.

He is also the author of several articles in specialised design and planning journals as well as a lecturer at European universities and institutes. 

Cortés said the appointment will strengthen RMIT and AECOM’s relationship and exchange of ideas to contribute towards a more sustainable and resilient built environment.

“This role will allow me to intensify the relationship with RMIT and mutually support each other to integrate innovative ideas, recruit talent and share common interests in the field of cities,” he said.

Juan Cortés speaking at an event Juan Cortés has been appointed as Senior Industry Fellow in the School of Global, Urban and Social Context at RMIT University.

RMIT Europe’s Executive Director, Marta Fernández, highlighted the extensive international experience that Cortés brings to his new role.

“Juan has successfully led multiple international projects, where he brings together multidisciplinary teams to work collaboratively on unlocking any site’s potential, which presents an immense opportunity for RMIT,” Fernández said.

Cortés started collaborating with RMIT through the University’s European hub in Barcelona by participating in different initiatives such as the Urban Futures Summer School with RMIT students. 

He also mentored students from the School of Engineering on an Eco-Village challenge, in which he introduced students to the complexities of urban planning in Europe.

 

Story: Gabriela Torres and Patricia Lora

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