Daniel Daou

Daniel Daou

Cambridge, MA, US



Daniel Daou is currently a Doctor of Design candidate at Harvard's Graduate School of Design. Under the title of Synthetic Ecology, his research grapples with the multitude of ecological positions—from the philosophy of ecology to ecological economics and from ecological marxism to urban political ecology—and their relationship with the design disciplines vis-à-vis the current climate of social and environmental urgency.

Daniel holds a B.Arch from the Universidad Iberoamericana graduating top of his class in 2006. He was a visiting student at the M.Arch II program at SCIArc, a fellow from the National Council for Science and Technology and recognized as a Young Talent by the National Fund for Culture and Arts. In 2011, with the support from the Fulbright program and the Brockman Foundation, he obtained a Master in Science of Architecture Studies and a Master in City Planning with an Urban Design Certificate from MIT.

Prior to his enrollment in post professional degree programs, he worked as Unit Chief at the Secretariat of Urban Development and Housing in Mexico City, taught undergraduate design studios at the Universidad Iberoamericama, and worked as junior designer at Fernado Romero/LAR,  Enrique Norten/TEN Arquitectos, and Jose Castillo/Arquitectura911sc. In 2003, along with partner Gabriel Morales he founded IAM, a group of design along which he has been involved in over 40 projects spanning a dozen countries. As a curator and researcher, he was involved with the 2006 Venice Biennial and the 2007 Lisbon Triennial among others. Since 2005, Daniel writes about design topics for a broad audience in magazines such as Fahrenheit, Arquine, and Domus. His academic papers have been published by MIT's Thresholds and UVA's Lunch design journals. He is currently member of the editorial board of the New Geographies Journal, editorial adviser for Domus Mexico, and a fellow of the Energy Consortium at Harvard University Center for the Environment. Additionally, he has been research assistant, teaching faculty, lecturer and critic at the Universidad Iberoamericana, MIT, U Penn, and Harvard.



Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, US, Doctor of Design

Aug 2011 - current

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA, US, Master of Science in Architectural Studies

Aug 2008 - Aug 2011

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA, US, Master in City Planning

Aug 2008 - May 2011
Aug 2005 - May 2006

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