Fellow: Awarded 2008
Field of Study:
Competition: Latin America & Caribbean
Alfonso Valenzuela-Aguilera is a Professor of Urban Planning at the State University of Morelos, Mexico. Trained as an architect at the Universidad Iberoamericana, he holds degrees in urban planning from the University Institute of Architecture of Venice and a Ph.D. in urbanism from UNAM, Mexico. Mr. Valenzuela was a postdoctoral fellow at the French Institute of Urbanism in Paris and later a visiting Fulbright scholar at the Massachusetts Institue of Technology. He also has been a visiting scholar at the University of Tokyo, Oxford Brookes University, an Alexander S. Onassis Fellow at the National Technical University of Athens, and was appointed the Alfonso Reyes Chair at the Institute of High Studies for Latin America (IHEAL) at the University of Paris-Sorbonne. A consultant on urban revitalization strategies to the UN Economic Commission for Latin America, his work has been funded by several international institutions and organizations and has been published widely in specialized planning journals. He is currently a visiting scholar at the Institute of Urban and Regional Development, University of California, Berkeley, where he is a leading specialist on social control of space. He will be researching and writing about spaces of trust in Latino communities during his Guggenheim Fellowship term.