Angélica Gaviria

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Architecture Firm Name: Angélica Gaviria

Firm Location: Medellin, Colombia

Founding Year: 2009

Angélica Gaviria Agudelo

Architect and Master of Arts in Urban and Environmental Processes, with experience in urban projects, especially in housing and habitat subjects mainly focused on slum. Furthermore, she has worked on the design and construction of cultural and educational facilities, with a special mention of projects involving victims of the armed conflict, in the post-conflict context that Colombia is going through. Her work has been recognized locally with the Colombian award “Lápiz de Acero” in 2015 and in the XXV Colombian Biennial of Architecture and Urbanism; and internationally with the publication of her work in the Young Architects in Latin America 2018 edition by the French architecture practice CA’ASI Architect-Studio.

Practice Ideology

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Her professional practice has been focused on making use of architecture and urbanism as a main tool for improving vulnerable communities’ quality of life, within different Global South urban and rural contexts.

Considering all the above mentioned, her projects:

  • Retribute social debt generated through years in territories inhabited by marginalized communities.
  • Seeks to understand territories not only from its unique spatial characteristics but also from its cultural meaning and symbolic value.
  • Comprehend built and natural environment, considering social-spatial relationships established by the community with it.
  • Engage inhabitants in the decision-making process, laying the foundations for co-responsibility and sustainability.
  • Work on the principle of human development, overcoming traditional perspectives mainly focused on external economic agents’ enrichment.
  • Conceive human beings as an integral part of the nature, recognizing that their recreative and economic activities rely on the provision of a set of ecosystem services.
  • Exploit territory advantages for the benefit of their local population, avoiding gentrification and marginalization processes.

Use collective construction methodologies between communities, politicians, and technicians, within a horizontal framework.

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