Isis Nunez Ferrera
Isis is a Honduran architect specialising in urban planning, design and international development. She holds an MSc in Urban Design for Development from University College London and a PhD from University of Westminster as part of the international HERA funded project on Scarcity and Creativity in the Built Environment (SCIBE). Her experience includes over 8 years of practice, research and fieldwork on urban design and regeneration schemes, diversity in the built environment, urban transport, slum upgrading and community-led development in Honduras, Brazil, India, Turkey, Kenya, Ecuador, Colombia and the UK. She has collaborated on issues of housing rights and inclusive approaches with UN-Habitat, Practical Action-UK, Overseas Development Institute (ODI), University College London, government agencies and various grassroots organizations in Africa, South-east Asia and Latin America.
Having worked across different scales, from government and third sectors, to academia and grassroots, has encouraged her to experiment with innovative research and planning methods that engage with everyday realities and facilitate collaboration and co-production between actors. Her interest is currently focused on how to better understand and illustrate complex and interconnected spatial and environmental issues in the built environment as well as how to utilise this data to inform transformative policies and planning and design interventions. For this purpose her work utilises participatory methodologies for planning and design, systems thinking, visual anthropology and diagrammatic analysis. Since 2010, she has been an Associate of Architecture Sans Frontieres – UK, working with the team coordinating and developing the Change-by-Design and Resilience-by-Design international workshops.