Jaime Hernandez-Garcia

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Department of Aesthetics, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogotá, Colombia


An architect graduating from Los Andes University in Bogotá, Colombia, Jaime has a Masters in Architecture from the University of York, UK, a Postgraduate Diploma with Commendation in the course ‘Municipal Environmental Policies and Local Agenda 21’ (ICHUD 80) from the Institute for Housing and Urban Studies (IHS), Erasmus University, Rotterdam, and a PhD from the University of Newcastle, UK.

His doctoral thesis: El Parque de mi Barrio: Production and Consumption of Open Spaces in Popular Settlements in Bogotá won a prize in the Iberoamerican Award for research theses (INFONAVIT – REDALYC) in México in 2011. In 2018 he was appointed Professor in the Department of Aesthetics within the School of Architecture and Design at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogotá.

In 2019 he won a Fulbright research fellow to the University of Missouri at Kansas. He is member of the research group: ´Aesthetics, Technologies and Habitability´, ranked A1 (top of the rank) in the Colombian Research System – Colciencias – and was ranked as a Senior Researcher in the same system. He has more than 20 years of teaching and research experience. His research interests and expertise are in informal settlements/housing, open/public space, urban violence/conflict, community participation, and local knowledge/expression.