Santiago del Hierro

is an Ecuadorian architect and urbanist based in The Hague. Since 2008, his research has focused on development initiatives in the Andean Amazon, exploring how design can alternatively engage issues related to resource extraction, the expansion of agricultural frontiers, the encroachment of indigenous territories and contemporary narratives on what a post-development landscape could hopefully look like. Santiago holds a Master in Architecture from Yale University, where he attended as a Fulbright scholar, and between 2009 and 2010 was a resident researcher at the Design Department of the Jan van Eyck Academie in Maastricht. Until 2017, prior to moving to The Netherlands, he taught at Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador, where he developed and coordinated the Urban Design Masters program. He has also been a guest professor at the Berlage Institute in Rotterdam, the Escuela Técnica Superior de Aquitectura de Valencia, TU Delft and Fontys University of Applied Sciences. He is currently involved with different teams in research and design projects for Colombia, Ecuador, Ethiopia and Suriname.


del Hierro UA

is the urban and architectural consultancy part of Santiago’s practice. Through a multi-disciplinary approach, it regularly sets up international teams to work on projects that address urban and environmental issues in the Global South.



Throughout the years, several valuable colleagues have collaborated in architectural and research projects. Many thanks go to Hugo Acosta, Erick Álvarez, Kevin Aragón, Ericka Arregui, Joaquín Arrobo, María del Carmen Burbano, Mauro Cepeda, Francisco Cevallos, Abel Coenen, Fabiola Cruz, Julián Dávalos, José de La Torre, Felipe Donoso, Andrés Endara, Luis Felipe Flores, Mike Fonseca, Andrés Granda, Santiago Granda, Paula Izurieta, Michelle Jaramillo, Alejandro Jurado, Maryangel Mesa, Mauricio Mesías, Roberto Morales, Gabriel Moyer-Perez, Salomé Ordóñez, Santiago Ruales, Rashid Saá, Daniel Sáenz, Janina Sánchez, Pablo Silva, Amelia Tapia, Cristhian Tuárez and Santiago Vaca.



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