Alberto de Salvatierra

Alberto de Salvatierra

Assistant Professor of Urbanism and Data in Architecture, University of Calgary School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape

Alberto de Salvatierra is Founder and Director of the Center for Civilization and Assistant Professor of Urbanism and Data in Architecture at the University of Calgary School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape. He is also Founding Principal of PROXIIMA and a Global Shaper at the Calgary Hub of the Global Shapers Community—an initiative by the World Economic Forum based in Geneva, Switzerland. He is the Inaugural Chair of SAPL’s CBDX International Design Ideas Competition Series.

An interdisciplinary polymath, architectural designer, and landscape urbanist, Alberto’s research and work focuses on material flows as infrastructure at the urban and civilizational scales, while also working within the broader frameworks of planetary urbanization, landscape as urbanism, and vernacular architecture. Some of his previous research has also been centered on fostering, developing and writing on interdisciplinary pedagogy and practices—particularly in the context of increasing diversity, equity and inclusion. His work has been published widely and exhibited both domestically and abroad, such as in Australia, the U.S., the U.K., Mexico, Italy, Japan, Sweden and Serbia, and in such venues as the Priscilla Fowler Fine Art Gallery in Las Vegas, NV, Calatrava-designed Milwaukee Art Museum in Milwaukee, WI and the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. He’s been previously part of the Harvard Kennedy School’s inaugural STS (Science, Technology and Society) program on Expertise, Trust and Democracy, and an invited panelist and delegate to the United Nations.

Alberto is the past recipient of Cornell’s Robert James Eidlitz Fellowship, Harvard Library’s inaugural May Crane Fellowship, and Harvard GSD’s Penny White Prize. He has previously taught at Cornell University, the Boston Architectural College, the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Universidad Iberoamericana (Mexico City), and the UNLV School of Architecture.

Alberto holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University and both a Master of Landscape Architecture and a Master of Design Studies in Urbanism, Landscape and Ecology from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design.