—Founder and Director
Gabriela Rendón is an Associate Professor of Urban Planning and Community Development at the School of Design Strategies, Parsons School of Design. From 2017 to 2019, she co-directed the MS in Design and Urban Ecologies and the MA in Theories of Urban Practice programs. She is currently a member of the Urban Council at the School of Design Strategies. Rendón holds a Ph.D. in Spatial Planning and Strategy and a MS in Urbanism from Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands and a BS in Architecture from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education in Mexico. She is a founding member of Urban Front and Cohabitation Strategies. Over the last fifteen years, Rendón has been engaged in housing and urban projects commissioned by art and cultural institutions, as well as municipalities and public agencies in diverse countries, including the Netherlands, Italy, France, Germany, Venezuela, Ecuador, Canada, and the United States. She is a board member of the Cooper Square Community Land Trust and Mutual Housing Association and the Left Forum in New York City.
Rendón’s expertise and research interests include community planning and design, women-led urban and community practices, neighborhood decline and restructuring, housing policy, gentrification and displacement, housing cooperative models, as well as other collective and non-speculative housing models providing equitable development in profit-driven urban environments. She is the author and co-editor of a number of publications, including Cooperative Cities (Journal of Design Strategies), Social Property and the Need of a New Urban Practice (Taylor & Francis), and Cities for or against Citizens? Socio-spatial Restructuring and the Paradox of Citizen Participation in Low-income Neighborhoods (A+BE Series). She is currently working on a book tentatively titled Defiant Neighborhoods: Rise, Revitalization, and Gentrification of Immigrant Communities in Latinx Brooklyn.