Doctor of Design, Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD)
miguel@autonomie.design
Phone: +1 (617) 637-5181


Education
01/08/2015 - 27/05/2021
Doctor of Design, Harvard University Graduate School of Design
Dissertation: Urbanism and Autonomy
Doctoral Committee: Charles Waldheim, Mohsen Mostafavi, and George Baird
01/08/2012 - 29/05/2014
Master of Architecture in Urban Design, Harvard University GSD
Thesis: Morphologic: Mexico City
Supervisor: Joan Busquets
01/08/2013 - 15/12/2013
Cross-registration: City Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Media Lab
01/08/2011 - 10/12/2011    
Certification: Design of Sustainable Communities, Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico
01/08/2006 - 25/05/2007    
Exchange Program, Universidad San Pablo CEU Escuela Politécnica Superior, Spain
01/08/2003 - 10/12/2008    
Bachelor of Architecture, Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey

Research Experience
01/03/2022 – 31/08/2022    
Research Associate, Harvard University Graduate School of Design
Project: Future of the American City supported by the Knight Foundation
10/10/2014 - 27/05/2021    
Research Assistant, Dean’s Office, Harvard University Graduate School of Design
01/08/2015 - 10/12/2015    
Harvard Mellon Urban Initiative supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Course: Reconceptualizing the Urban: Berlin as Laboratory, Instructor: Eve Blau
Projects: “Spams of Modernity: Berlin Expanding 1900–1945” and “Otto Wagner’s Echoes in Ludwig Hilberseimer
10/10/2014 - 15/05/2015    
Research Assistant, Harvard University Graduate School of Design    
Project: A Sustainable Future for Exuma: Environmental Management, Design, and Planning, a collaboration among the Government of The Bahamas, the Bahamas 
National Trust, and Harvard University Graduate School of Design
Principal Investigators: Mohsen Mostafavi and Gareth Doherty
15/01/2014 - 29/05/2014    
Harvard University GSD Mexican Cities Initiatives
Project: Master’s Thesis “Morphologic: Mexico City”
04/08/2013 - 29/05/2014    
Research Assistant, Harvard University Graduate School of Design
South America Project: Topaz in Monterrey, Mexico, and Surplus Housing in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
Investigator: Felipe Correa, Director of the Master of Architecture in Urban Design

Teaching Experience
    
01/02/2021 - 10/05/2021    
Teaching Fellow, Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Department of Architecture
Course: Architecture: Histories of the Present (Professor Mohsen Mostafavi)
01/02/2017 - 10/05/2017    
Teaching Fellow, Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Department of Architecture
Between Origins and Modernity: Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Architecture (Professors Erika Naginski and Antoine Picon)
01/08/2016 - 10/12/2016    
Teaching Fellow, Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Department of Landscape Architecture
Course: Theories of Landscape as Urbanism (Professor Pierre Belanger)
01/08/2010 - 15/05/2012    
Adjunct Professor (Profesor de cátedra), Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios                 
Superiores de Monterrey, Mexico, Department of Architecture)

Professional Experience
15/08/2008 - 20/12/2010    
TEN Arquitectos of Enrique Norten, Mexico City, Junior Architect
01/10/2007 - 25/02/2008    
FR-EE / Fernando Romero Enterprise, Mexico City, Intern

Awards, Grants and Scholarships
09/05/2019 - 29/11/2019    
Harvard Doctor of Design (DDes) Research Grant 
DDes Fund by GSD DDes alumnae, alumni, and the Dean’s Office
Archival Research: Canadian Centre for Architecture (Montreal), Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI (Rome) and Deutsches Architekturmuseum (Frankfurt)
30/10/2019
The GSD Student Conference Attendance Fund, administered by Student Forum 
Harvard University Graduate School of Design – Grant
01/08/2012 - 25/05/2018
Fundación México en Harvard, A.C. – Grant
09/05/2017
Award from The College of Architects of the City of Guanajuato, Mexico
01/08/2012 - 25/05/2014
Harvard University Graduate School of Design – Grant
01/08/2012 - 25/05/2014
Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes - Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología  Federal Government of Mexico
01/10/2008 - 10/10/2008
3rd International Forum COMEX 5 MIRADAS, Mexico City
Special invitation from Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey to the top 30 architecture students in Mexico
25/01/2006 - 15/05/2006
Finalist INGENIA Competition, Project “Santa Maria Market”
First Prize: “Summer Internship in Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners” London, England
Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey
25/01/2004 - 15/05/2004
Best Designer: Studio II, Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey

Publications

Miguel Lopez Melendez, “The Modern Nostalgia: Architecture, Autonomy, Philosophy,” The journal of studies in History and Theory of Architecture, "Ion Mincu” University of Architecture and Urbanism (2019) peer-reviewed 
DOI: 10.54508/sITA.7.03
Miguel Lopez Melendez, “Perfect Horror: A Poetic Reflection on Ludwig Hilberseimer's Hochhausstadt (1924),” Platform 9: Still Life, Harvard University Graduate School of Design and Actar (2016): 242-243.
Miguel Lopez Melendez, “Morphologic: The spatial quality of population density,” Constelaciones, vol. 3, Architecture Magazine of the CEU San Pablo University, Madrid (2015): 141-152. peer-reviewed
Miguel Lopez Melendez, “Morphologic,” Platform 7, Harvard University GSD and Actar (2014): 276.
Miguel Lopez Melendez, “Tokyo and Mexico City,” in Joan Busquets, Cities and Urban Plans in the 21st Century: understanding the new dynamic and urban planning instruments, Quaderns 07, PDU metropolitan (Barcelona: Pagès, 2014) NOTE: My research on Tokyo and Mexico City was included in this publication.
Miguel Lopez Melendez, “Abstract Territories,” Platform 6, Harvard University Graduate School of Design and Actar (2013): 23.
Miguel Lopez Melendez and Michael O’Neill, “3D Quad” in Elements of Urban Design 2012: The Lincoln Tunnel, edited by Mitch Crowder and Christina Geros, Harvard University Graduate School of Design (2013): 81-87.
Miguel Lopez Melendez, Estación de Regeneración Urbana Ciudad de México (Urban Regeneration Station Mexico City) (Mexico City: Offset Santiago, 2011)

Work in Progress

​​​​​​​2022    Miami: From Climate Action to Spatial Justice, Future of the American City project
2022    “Islands of Care: Can Health Districts Help Cities?” Future of the American City project

Editorship (as Research Assistant)

Mohsen Mostafavi and Gareth Doherty, Ecological Urbanism, revisited edition (Zurich and Germany: Lars Müller Publishers, 2016)
Mohsen Mostafavi and Hélène Binet, Nicholas Hawksmoor: London Churches (Zurich: Lars Müller Publishers, 2015)

Conferences
16/06/2022
“Whatever Happened to Aesthetics within Urbanism? Oblivion or Prejudice?” peer-reviewed                      Seminario Internacional de Investigación en Urbanismo
Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain
The text questions how contemporary architectural and urban debates have overlooked, if not diminished, the critical character of aesthetics as branch of philosophy and mediator of our social interactions. Urban transformations entail social, economic, environmental, political, technological, psychological, and aesthetics changes. Thus, the ubiquity of aesthetics demands alternative critical methods to maximize the efficiency of technical and geopolitical approaches within contemporary design practices. But the urgency to tackle the challenges of urbanization has condemned the critical framework that aesthetics provides to oblivion within design. In contrast, this text situates aesthetics at the center of contemporary urban debates and defends its analytical power to tackle the challenges of urbanization, such as climate change, social inequality, and migration crises.
30/10/2019
“Everyone Designs: Identity and Determinism in the Digital Age.” peer-reviewed
Cumulus Conference 2019, Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá
21/04/2017
“Architectural Autonomy and Urbanism” invitation 
Celebrating 30 Years of the Doctor of Design Program, Harvard University GSD
15/09/2016
“Ludwig Hilberseimer’s Organic Principle as a Reconciliation of Urban Form with Itself” invitation
The inaugural conference of the Harvard GSD’s Office for Urbanization
10/01/2014
Harvard GSD Master’s Thesis Proposal: “Morphologic: Mexico City” invitation 
Tongji University, Shanghai and the World Bank, Beijing

Exhibitions
29/09/2015-15/12/2015
Urban Space Art Season and West Bund Biennale, Shanghai, China
Project: Wind Catcher, Madrid developed at Harvard University GSD
Instructor: Iñaki Abalos
25/08/2014-28/12/2014
Grounded Visionaries Exhibition, Harvard University Graduate School of Design
Project: Surplus Housing in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

Research Expeditions
01/01/2014-20/02/2014
China GSD Trip, organized by the Chinese Students Group at Harvard University GSD
We visited Taiwan, Chengdu, Xi’an, Shanghai, and Beijing to meet with city officials, architects, urbanists, and scholars to expand our academic and professional networks
03/01/2007-21/02/2007
Japan Studio Trip, organized by Professors Javier Saenz and Eduardo de la Peña                                            Universidad San Pablo CEU, Madrid, Spain  
We visited Sendai, Yokohama, and Tokyo as part of the academic activities 2006-2007

Symposium (Organization)
10/10/2013
Roots for a XXI Century Urbanism: Manuel de Solá-Morales at Harvard University GSD
Presentations: Rafael Moneo, Joan Busquets, and Marcel Smets
I organized it along with the student Santiago Orbea and Professor Joan Busquets

Public Engagement
06/06/2022
National Endowment for Democracy supported by the U.S. Congress and organized by Petare LATAM Foundation and Consulting
Innovation Program for Latin American Governments
I collaborated as urban consultant for the local government of Sonora, Mexico

Guest Design Critic
10/08/2022
Wentworth Institute of Technology, School of Architecture and Design, Boston, MA
Design Studio: Integrated Architectural Design, Instructor Ignacio Cardona
18/03/2022
Harvard University Graduate School of Design
Master of Landscape Architecture, Core Studio II, Instructor Francesca Benedetto
06/10/2021
Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey
Master of Architecture and Urban Design
Course: History and Theory of Architecture and Urban Development, Instructor Ignacio Cardona
06/08/2018
Harvard University GSD Design Discovery
A 3-week program for high school students interested in gaining knowledge within architecture, landscape, and urban planning and design
10/05/2018
Wentworth Institute of Technology
School of Architecture and Design
Advanced Design Studio, Instructor Nelson Byun
08/10/2016
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Pop Lab (mid-term), Instructors Anton García Abril and Lorena Bello 
08/08/2010-10/05/2012
Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey
Department of Architecture, Design Studios (from 1st to 5th year)

Languages

Spanish: native language
English: full professional proficiency
Italian: limited working proficiency

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