Miguel is a Doctor of Design candidate at Harvard Graduate School of Design. His research challenges the reduction of the philosophical term “autonomy” within architecture to a disciplinary detachment rather than a cultural engagement. It argues that the impulsive interpretation of autonomy overemphasized the history of architecture and relegated the history of autonomy amid the social and cultural unrest of the second half of the twentieth century. His thesis, titled Autonomy and Urbanism, aspires to provide a cultural reflection on design. It counters the assumptions of architecture on autonomy through the evidence of its historical and cultural formation. It studies the philosophical, political, aesthetic, and architectural progression of the term to formulate the theoretical and practical framework of a latent urban interpretation exposed by the current historical conditions but whose origins date back to the eighteenth century.
Miguel studied architecture at Tecnologico de Monterrey (Mexico) and Urban Design at Harvard Graduate School of Design. He worked at FR-EE Enterprise, TEN Arquitectos, and Tecnologico de Monterrey as Assistant Professor. At Harvard, he has worked on research projects such as the Housing Surplus Project (Brazil), Topaz Project (Mexico), and A Sustainable Future for EXUMA (Bahamas). Besides working on his doctoral research, he works as Research Assistant for the former Dean Mohsen Mostafavi.