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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 eight 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. 

Isis 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. Working 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.

2010 - 2013 Lecturer and studio facilitator at MSc International Planning and Sustainable Development and MArch Architecture, Cultural Identity and Globalisation at University of Westminster 

2009 - 2010 Course coordinator and teaching Assistant for MSc Building and Urban design in Development and MSc Urban Development Planning at The Bartlett Development Planning Unit, University College London, UCL 

2012 Selected Tutor at the 3rd AESOP European Urban Summer School Association of European Schools of Planning AESOP Additionally she has been guest lecturer at University College London in the following modules: Urban Design in Development (Practice Module) Participatory Processes: Building for Development

2016

An overview of top-down vs. bottom-up models for informal settlement upgrading in South Africa (2016)
Georgiadou, M.C., Loggia, C., Nunez Ferrera, I. and Fagan-Watson, B. 2016. An overview of top-down vs. bottom-up models for informal settlement upgrading in South Africa. Ledwon, S. and Perry, G. (ed.) 52nd International Society of City and Regional Planners (ISOCARP) Congress. Durban, South Africa 12 to end of 16 Sep 2016 ISOCARP (The Hague).

2014

Territories of scarcity and creativity: a critical view of informal settlements and emerging tactics under conditions of scarcity in Nairobi, Kenya and Quito, Ecuador (2014)
Ferrera Nunez, Isis and Nunez Ferrera, I. 2014. Territories of scarcity and creativity: a critical view of informal settlements and emerging tactics under conditions of scarcity in Nairobi, Kenya and Quito, Ecuador. PhD thesis University of Westminster Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment

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