An End to “Empty” Land
Santiago del Hierro is an Ecuadorian architect and researcher based in Amsterdam. Since 2008, he has focused on development initiatives in the Ecuadorian Amazon, exploring alternative visions on how architecture and urban design can potentially engage issues like deforestation and land use change. In 2015, together with L+A Arquitectos and Estudio A0, he was in charge of the design for Ikiam University’s Amazon Campus in Tena, and in 2017 edited Plan ZIMM-S, a regional planning proposal for the zone of influence of a new transfer port on the Napo River, in collaboration with CityLAB at UCLA.
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, del Hierro taught at Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador, where he developed and coordinated the Urban Design Masters program. He has also been a guest critic at the Berlage Institute in Rotterdam and at the Escuela Técnica Superior de Aquitectura de Valencia.
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, Cristhian Tuárez and Santiago Vaca.
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