Adriana Rojas MAUD '01

Adriana Rojas, former Director of Technical Assistance to local governments at BANOBRAS and previously head of Habitat Program at SEDATU, joined the Mexican Association of Urbanists (AMU) to focus on legislative and governance issues facing local governments in Mexico. She is in charge of setting an agenda based on proposals for legislative improvements and enabling necessary governance environments to aid public officials in addressing urban development, climate change adaptation and mitigation, and social and financial sustainability. As the former Head of Habitat, Ms. Rojas managed federal government subsidies directed towards introduction of basic urban infrastructure accompanied by social and capacity building actions, urban design guidelines such as a complete-street vision for these urban interventions, and awareness actions related to preserving natural resources and mitigation of climate change effects. In that role, she focused on re centering urban policy at the local level and recognizing territories’ invaluable assets as a means to improve quality of life on the public realm, where urban poverty most affected inhabitants of 350 cities’ peripheries.

Since she became a consultant for UNAM, FES Acatlan’s Center for Municipal and Metropolitan Studies, Rojas has focused in identifying three viable metropolitan-scale projects which could be a turning point, from both a governance and financial feasibility stand point, for the creation of Toluca’s Metro Area (15 municipalities and Toluca, capital of the State). As former Director of Technical Assistance in Mexico’s Development Bank, her main focus was on identifying local government’s main concerns regarding financial challenges for improvements on infrastructure and livability. She also had the opportunity to head IDB’s Sustainable Cities Program and then focus on sustainability criteria to identify infrastructure projects which could comply with international climate or green financing. She is currently a candidate to become a certified Envision Sustainability Professional by ISI and Harvard’s Zofnass Program. She continues her proximity to architecture being the Project Manager for the Renovation of the St Regis Hotel Mexico City, which she coordinated from 2004 to 2009.

Rojas holds a Bachelor Degree in Architecture from Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City and a Master of Architecture in Urban Design ’01 from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University.