Adriana Chávez
P/T Instructor, NYC program

Adriana Chávez is co-founder of ORU, Office for Urban Resilience, a design think tank that focuses on implementing innovative solutions for cities through urban design and landscape infrastructure with a water-sensitive approach.

Her experience ranges within the public, private, and development bank sectors. She has been a consultant for the Interamerican Development Bank (IDB) at the Urban Development and Housing (HUD) in Mexico. She has also worked as an urban resilience advisor for Mexico City’s and Santiago de Chile Resilience Offices within the initiative 100 Resilient Cities pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation. She is part of GAES, a Strategic Group of Advisors for SEDATU (Mexico’s Ministry of Agrarian, Urban and Territorial Development). 

Chávez holds a master’s degree from Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD) in Urbanism, Landscape and Ecology and a Master in Architecture II. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in Architecture from Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City. Since 2020, she has also been an Adjunct Assistant Professor in Architecture and Urban Design at Columbia GSAPP.