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Doctor of Design in Architecture and Urbanism
Harvard University Graduate School of Design

Miguel’s research combines architecture, art, environmental aesthetics, landscape architecture, philosophy, and urbanism. His research and teaching activities at Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD) comprised architecture and urban projects in Latin America and the United States, and courses on history and theory of architecture and landscape architecture. He has participated in international conferences in Latin America, the United States, Europe, and Asia, while his work has been exhibited internationally. He holds a Doctor of Design degree and a Master of Architecture in Urban Design from Harvard University GSD, a certificate in Design of Sustainable Communities from Universidad Iberoamericana, and a Bachelor of Architecture from Tecnológico de Monterrey, México (ITESM) and Universidad CEU San Pablo (Madrid, Spain). His dissertation, titled Urbanism and Autonomy, studied the term “autonomy” in postmodern urban thinking through Peter Eisenman’s and Aldo Rossi’s oeuvres. It documented the cultural engagement of “autonomy” as adopted from philosophy, art, and political theory to contradict the unjustified disciplinary detachment of architectural practice and theory from cultural concerns. The formulation of urban autonomy addresses urbanization through the analytical superiority of cinema over architecture and urbanism, praised by Rossi, to depict urban transformations.

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Housing in Brazil

Design Project

Harvard University Graduate School of Design

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Pollença Church, Mallorca, Spain

Design Project

Universidad San Pablo CEU, Madrid



Harvard Innovation Labs

2015 - 2021

Harvard University

2012 - 2014

Harvard University


Massachusetts Institute of Technology

2011 - 2011

Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico

2006 - 2007

Universidad San Pablo CEU Escuela Politécnica Superior, Spain

2003 - 2008

Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, Mexico

Creating Climate Ventures Class

The course trains Harvard alumni from different fields and cultural backgrounds to found a climate startup to tackle climate change. It is taught by Rebekah Emanuel, Director of Social Entrepreneurship and the Harvard Climate Circle at the Harvard i-lab


Doctor of Design

Dissertation: Urbanism and Autonomy
Main Doctoral Advisor: Charles Waldheim


Master of Architecture in Urban Design

Thesis: Morphologic: Mexico City
Supervisor: Joan Busquets

City Science, Media Lab

Design of Sustainable Communities

Bachelor of Architecture

Bachelor of Architecture

Cross-registration Course


Exchange Program (Study Abroad)

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