Juan Herrera

Juan Herrera

Medellín, CO



Architect (urban planning minor). Main interest is City making. I understand my career as an opportunity to transform our built environment from the physical aspect but also transforming communities through open processes. Architecture and urbanism as a collaborative effort.
I´ve worked on a wide variety of projects and different scales ranging from housing to urban projects. I am particularly interested in informal processes / activism and urban co-creation; as well as urban renewal, public policy, and research on city and urban pedagogy, specifically human behaviour in public space. I´ve gained experience in social innovation through my involvement in certain activist projects as 100 in 1 day, Comuna Innova (Ruta N Medellín) and CiudadEscuelaCo. I write a blog about cities for El Espectador and I´m currently working with Medellín City Planning Dept at Strategic Projects workshop.



Medellín - City Planning Dept, Medellín, CO, Architect - City center renewal plan

I´m in charge of public space strategy for the City Center urban plan.

Jan 2014 - current

Manuel Villa Arq, Bogotá, CO, Architect

Jan 2013 - Aug 2013

urbam - Center for urban and environmental studies, Medellín, CO, Intern

Jan 2011 - Aug 2011


Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Medellín, CO, BArch, Architecture

Minor in urban project (planning & design)

Jan 2008 - Nov 2014

Architectural Association School of Architecture (AA), London, Global School

International workshop - Hydromeme

Dec 2012 - Dec 2012


"Plaza de la Hoja" social housing competition, Honorable Mention

As part of Manuel Villa Architects - Intern


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