Mr. Jorge Fiori
Architectural Association Graduate School
Director of the Housing and Urbanism Programme and Chairman of the Graduate Management
Jorge Fiori is Director of the Housing and Urbanism Programme and Chairman of the Graduate Management Committee in the Graduate School of the Architectural Association.
Mr. Fiori has guided the development of the Housing and Urbanism Programme at the AA over the last two decades, shaping it into a leading centre of multi-disciplinary research and teaching in urbanism. He was a key member of the programme in its early focus on urban development planning, and has since led the broadening of its fields of expertise into architectural urbanism and contemporary urban strategy. As Chairman of the Graduate Management Committee, Mr. Fiori has overseen the expansion and coordination of the Graduate School’s many taught and research-based programmes. He has throughout remained personally engaged in the development of fresh scholarly pursuits within the School, most recently initiating a research cluster on the architecture of the informal city.
Mr. Fiori’s primary areas of research focus on the interface of urbanism and urban social policy. He has published numerous articles in these areas of research and is a frequently invited lecturer in Europe and Latin America. He has worked for many years as a consultant to several international and national agencies on issues of urban development planning, housing, and poverty alleviation in developing countries. Working primarily in Latin America, these agencies include the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO), the Interamerican Development Bank (IDB), HABITAT and the World Bank. His most recent publication in this area is, “Spatial Strategies and Urban Social Policy: Urbanism and Poverty Reduction in the Favelas of Rio de Janeiro”, in Hernandez, F; L. Allen & P. Kellett (eds) Rethinking the Informal City: Critical Perspectives from Latin America, Berghahn Books (Oxford - New York, 2010).