Gonzalo is an Architect and Urban Designer with over 12 years of experience working for several urban projects in the private sector, and architecture competitions. Since 2012 he joined to some Universities in Colombia where he served as Tutor in Architecture and leaded research projects on urban design methods and pedagogy.

He is currently studying a PhD in the School of Planning at The University of Manchester focuses on understanding the nature of the contemporary approach of design codes to deliver design quality in different contexts.

He also recently joined to MSA team as a Tutor having previously completed a master’s in Urban Design in Colombia and a second master’s in architecture and Urbanism at MSA in 2020.

Academic and professional qualifications

PhD (1year) Planning and Urban Design.

MA Urban Design (The National University of Colombia)

Specialization in Urban Design. (The National University of Colombia)

MA Architecture and Urbanism (Manchester School of Architecture)

BArch (1st Class) (Pilot University of Colombia)

Prizes and awards


  • University of Manchester President's Doctoral Scholarship, recipient 2022. Fellowship awarded competitively
  • Ministerio de la Ciencia Master Studentship, recipient 2019. Fellowship awarded competitively Colfuturo
  • Master of Arts. Distinction Grade. MSA Manchester School of Architecture, 2020
  • Honourable mention to thesis project. Architecture. 2008


Research Interests

(i) Design codes

(ii) Urban design Methods

(iii) Private/public urban interfaces

(iv) New Urbanism Tools