Ricardo da Cruz e Sousa
Ricardo is a professor at the Architecture and Urbanism School of the Universidad Tecnológica Equinoccial in Quito, Ecuador. Ricardo’s research interest lie in reducing natural disasters and improving environmental quality in Latin American cities by involving communities in restoring their ecosystems. He is a landscape architect originally from Lisbon, Portugal. Ricardo started his career working as a designer in several offices in Portugal and later as an independent consultant. In 2010, Ricardo was awarded the PSP Pinto-Fialon Fellowship and started a graduate program under the supervision of Prof. Matt Kondolf at the Landscape Architecture & Environmental Planning Department at UC Berkeley. Ricardo focused on river restoration, green infrastructure and other water related topics. His masters thesis was a pilot project to restore a creek in the city of Quito, Ecuador, through the implementation of green infrastructure. Since then, Ricardo has moved to Ecuador, where he worked as a consultant and taught at different universities in Quito, Cuenca and Guayaquil. He also co-founded the environmental non-profit, International Watershed Partners (IWP), whose mission is to facilitate on the ground projects for disadvantaged communities (particularly in developing countries) to solve environmental problems in their watersheds. IWP does this by connecting local stakeholders with graduate students and young professionals who are working on environmental planning and watershed issues.
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