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Laura Postarini

Laura Postarini

New York, NY, US

 
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About 

I am a Colombian designer and urban planner, with experience in project management,  specifically on public space interventions and coordination of construction projects. With a deep commitment to community engagement, economic development and sustainable urban development, as well as the skills required to lead teams responsibly. I have a passion to explore journalistic writing and research in areas concerning architecture, urban design and planning.

PROJECTS &  ORGANIZATIONS

• Center for the Integration and Advancement of New Americans CIANA,

Volunteer as a tutor 5-week summer program for SONYC

• Post-Conflict Cities Lab member. Columbia University, GSAPP

• Latin GSAPP Founder 2018-2019 - Columbia University, GSAPP

• Publishing Editor URBAN Magazine 2018-2019 - Columbia University, GSAPP

• Resilient Mozambique, Summer Workshop 2018. Columbia University, GSAPP


Elsewhere:

Employment 

Earth Institute, New York, NY, US, Research Assistant

Develop project framework and proposals for the Circular Economies Research, applied to the urban environment.

Oct 2019 - current
 

Public Works Studio, Beirut, Lebanon, Planning Intern

Tamer Center for Social Enterprise Summer Fellowship Program, Columbia
Business School - Planning Intern (Beirut, Lebanon)
• Developed a project framework for public space intervention in informal settlements and refugee camps, informed by participatory planning activities.
• Engaged community members and potential partners in Mar-Elias Camp in southwest Beirut and the Karantina neighborhood.

Jun 2018 - Aug 2018
 

EDL Consulting Engineers, Bogota, Colombia, Architecture and Urbanism - Design Coordinator

• Coordinated and designed two road infrastructure projects in the field of architecture, landscape, and urban design.
• Team leader for the design public space of towns affected by the project, architectural design of operational buildings, and landscape design.

Aug 2015 - Jul 2017
 

EDL - Desarrollo Integral Medellín Partnership, Medellin, Colombia, Urban Engineering Coordinator for Parques del Río

• Coordinated processes on a highly complex infrastructure project with multiple private and public sector partners, and planning offices.
• Executed budgets, structured, controlled and managed the design process and technical studies developed for the project.

Aug 2014 - Jun 2015
 

REVERDECER, Vertical gardens and landscape design, Bogota, Colombia, Operational Manager - Co-founder and Partner

• Executed budgets, run the design, assemblage, operation, and maintenance of vertical gardens and landscape projects at a residential, commercial, and institutional scale.
• Led a team of up to twelve employees, including architects, administrative and technical personnel.
• Led the organization on building over 3.000 sq of vertical gardens, and expanded its portfolio of products and services to include the design and construction of green infrastructure and light structures with vegetation.
• Developed a commercial alliance with the company Verde360 (Mexico).

Apr 2009 - May 2014
 

Education 

Columbia University, New York, NY, US, Masters, Urban Planning

Concentration: Community and Economic Development & Built Environment

Aug 2017 - May 2019
 

Universidad de los Andes, Bogota, Colombia, Masters, Architecture

Sep 2012 - Jun 2014
 

Universidad de los Andes, Bogota, Colombia, Certificate in city and architecture: Urban management

Sep 2008 - Aug 2009
 

Universidad de los Andes, Bogota, Colombia, Bachelors, Industrial Design

Jan 2003 - Mar 2008
 

Awards 

Tamer Center for Social Enterprise Summer Fellowship Program, Award

The Social Enterprise Summer Fellowship Program at Columbia University provides support to students engaged in summer internships that create social and environmental value. Fellowships take place in the U.S. or abroad. Columbia / Barnard students seeking to transition between sectors, industries, and functional areas use the summer to apply their skills and explore social enterprise areas. Fellows help organizations across a range of projects and issues.

Social Enterprise Summer Fellowships:

•Provide organizations and social entrepreneurs that create social and environmental value access to much-needed talent that they could not otherwise afford to hire; and
•Provide students with experience and opportunities to apply their skills to practical issues faced by these organizations.

2018
 

Areas of Specialization 

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