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Urban researcher & designer


Researcher @ TU Delft in the EU Horizon Project UP2030

Guest researcher at the Delta Urbanism research group @ TU Delft, NL

Member of the Centre for the Just City

Producer @ Duty of Care Podcast with Prof Dr Roberto Rocco

Composer and musician on an experimental music project called Oceans Like Arms (audio, video)

Guitarist in the band Biki Baya

I’m Hugo Lopez, architect and urbanist, research fellow in the Department of Urbanism at TU Delft. Currently, I am working with the Spatial Planning & Strategy chair in the Horizon Europe Project UP2030 (Urban Planning and Design Ready for 2030). Besides that, I’m developing a research proposal to study the relation between energy transitions and territorial planning in Brazil from the perspective of the Atlantic Forest. It aims to stand at the intersection of urban design and governance, dealing with the struggles related to forestry, the landless worker’s movement (MST) and energy landscapes. Also, together with Prof Dr Roberto Rocco (TU Delft), we run the podcast “Duty of Care”, a place to discuss and exchange ideas with academics, practitioners, and students of the built environment to plan and design for the just transition, considering the entanglement between spatial justice and sustainability. 










I hold degrees in architecture and urbanism from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (BR) and TU Delft (NL), where I am, respectively, a guest researcher at the Laboratory of Urban Studies (LeU-UFRJ) and the Delta Urbanism research group. I completed an exchange course at the Institute for Housing and Urban Studies (IHS, Rotterdam), dealing with sustainable urban governance, inclusive and participatory spatial planning processes, and legal-spatial instruments. My current motivation is to work at the intersection of urban design and governance, expanding the traditional focus of urban studies by looking at the territory beyond the limits of “the city”. It engages more-than-human stakeholders and questions of spatial justice (its distributive, procedural and recognitional dimensions) to frame the study of urban processes dealing with energy and its transitions, operational landscapes and land struggles in different temporalities. It aims to problematise the geopolitical project for the area of the Brazilian Atlantic Forest and demonstrate its unequivocal importance for urbanisation in Brazil, especially now into a geological age of climatic instability.


MSc Urbanism 

2020 - 2022

@ TU Delft (Faculty of Architecture), NL

Thesis project: “Energy as a spatio-temporal project: temporalities of energy landscapes in the Rhine Basin”

MSc Architecture

2019 - 2020

@ KABK (Royal Academy of Arts), Den Haag, NL




@ Independent School for the City, Rotterdam, NL
Spring School “Borders Are For Crossing”

BSc Architecture & Urbanism

2011 - 2017

@ Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism (UFRJ), Rio de Janeiro, BR

Exchange programme

2014 - 2015

@ Institute for Housing and Urban Studies (IHS), Erasmus University Rotterdam, Rotterdam, NL

Course: Urban Management and Development: Sustainable Urbanism

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