Lecturer in Urban Planning and Sustainability
Miguel has joined Birmingham City University in 2022 as Lecturer in Urban Planning and Sustainability at the Built Environment Department. He teaches across various undergraduate and postgraduate courses on subjects related to sustainable urban design, development project and digital cities. Miguel obtained a professional degree in Architecture from UNAL – Colombia, a MArch in Urban Design from the Bartlett School of Architecture, and a PhD in Urban Planning from the Bartlett School of Planning, both at UCL – London.
Before joining BCU, he taught and researched at various universities in Colombia and the UK, including La Salle University (2011-2013), National University in Bogota (2010- 2017), Bolivarian University in Medellin (2010-2016), and the Bartlett School of Planning in London (2017-2021). He also worked as a consultant in urban design and urban conservation, and for four years, Miguel served as Deputy Director in Planning for the Bogota Heritage Institute (2012-2017).
His research has focused on understanding the role of social actors and public institutions in a more inclusive and higher-quality design for places and landscapes. For his PhD thesis, he researched the influence of community initiatives and practices on landscape character conservation in Colombia, focusing on community resilience and environmental sustainability. Currently, he is leading a research project on the role of digital tools in sustainable and inclusive city planning, particularly looking at the strategy ‘Digital Birmingham’.