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Summit Speaker: David Gouverneur

David Gouverneur
June 10, 2016

David Gouverneur
Associate Professor of Practice, Department of Landscape Architecture, University of Pennsylvania
Professor Emeritus, Universidad Rafael Urdaneta, Maracaibo, Venezuela

David Gouverneur is Associate Professor of Practice in the Department of Landscape Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania, teaching landscape urbanism studios, cross-disciplinary design studios and case study courses with emphasis on developing countries. He is also Professor Emeritus of Universidad Rafael Urdaneta in Maracaibo, Venezuela.

David served as Adjunct Secretary of City Planning and Vice-Minister of Urban Development of Venezuela. He co-founded the Urban Design Program and was Director of the Mayor’s Institute in City Design at Universidad Metropolitana, Caracas. He was also the the Chair of the architecture program at Universidad Simón Bolívar in Caracas.

For 34 years, he has taught architecture, urban design and city planning. His main areas of research are sustainable growth of new informal settlements, coastal management, and rehabilitation of cultural landscapes. His professional practice focuses on upgrading informal settlements, historic districts, new centralities and rehabilitation of areas affected by natural events. These ideas are addressed in his most recent publication, Planning and Design for Future Informal Settlements: Shaping the Self-Constructed City.

David received his Architecture degree from Universidad Simon Bolivar, Caracas, Venezuela and his Masters of Architecture in Urban Design from Harvard University.