I am curious about life in general and open to explore my next move.
I was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and moved to Chicago in August 2016 to complete a Ph.D. at IIT Institute of Design (ID). My research interests are decision-making in complex spaces of innovation, and sustainable solutions for socio-ecological-technical challenges. Previously to Chicago, I worked on projects related to organization design, business development, sustainable development, urban planning and design, and architecture, in Brazil, Mexico, and United States.
I am energized by the challenge of the unfamiliar, and the potential designers have to contribute towards sustainable futures.
Currently, I have several temporary positions at ID. I am an adjunct faculty teaching the three courses I have developed: Sustainable Systems, Sustainable Solutions Seminar, and Innovation Lenses. I am also a teacher assistant for master level courses. Faculty members usually welcome me in their classes to bring new perspectives on systems innovation for sustainability. As a research assistant, I am working for Patrick Whitney on a social innovation project focused on pandemic preventions in collaboration with Harvard Global Health Institute and the World Health Organization. As a researcher, I am leading projects related to brownfield redevelopment in the Calumet region for the Chicago Design Lab. In the same position, I am also working with Dr. Carlos Teixeira and Dr. Weslynne Ashton on a grant-winning research for Designing Sustainable Solution. Finally, as a Ph.D. Candidate, I am a co-chair of SustainID and BarnRaise.
A quick learner always seeking opportunities to contribute to new perspectives towards sustainable solutions.
Before starting my Ph.D. journey, I received a Master of Science’s degree in Modern and Contemporary Urban Planning, a Master’s degree in Geography, Cities, and Architecture, and a dual major bachelor’s degree in Architecture and Urban Design, in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Cross-cultural awareness and critical thinking gave me the ability to rationally articulate different perspectives and inspire others to new levels of achievements.