Ana Betancour

‘The urgency to address the socio-ecological challenges of today, such as climate change, unequal local and global development and migration, demands for the practice of architecture and urban design to develop new solutions from broad interdisciplinary perspectives. A deeper understanding of the complex socio-economic, and environmental forces that influence urban and rural development today, is needed, as well as holistic, interdisciplinary and experimental approaches and explorations of alternative models.’

Ana Betancour is an architect and Professor of Architecture, Head of Architecture Institute, at The Oslo School of Arcand Design, the former Rector, Head of School at UMA School of Architecture, Umeå University (2015 – 2019), she was previously a professor in Urban Design at Chalmers University of Technology (2007 – 2014), and Associate Professor/ Senior Lecturer at KTH School of Architecture, Stockholm (2001 – 2007), and The Bartlett, University College London, London (1999 – 2003), and the Head of Exhibitions and Public Programme at The Museum of Architecture in Stockholm (2007 –  2009). She studied Architecture at; The Bartlett, University College London, ETSAB, School of Architecture in Barcelona, and the School of Architecture at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. She founded A + URL/ Architecture + Urban Research Laboratory (1999 – 2007), and she co-founded P.H.A.B. Architects (1996 – 2001) and the architectural practice Urban + Architecture Agency (2008 – ongoing), a multidisciplinary organisation and design practice.
She is widely published and exhibited and is a member of various international reference groups, networks and organisations, nationally and internationally, such as member of the board of direction of the University of the Arts in Stockholm, the advisory group in the Delegation for Sustainable Cities Sweden, Chair of Jury for the Swedish Critic Award Architects Sweden, the Architectural Research European Network Association (ARENA), the Academic Advisory Board to the African Futures Institute; the New European Bauhaus Collective; and a former member the steering board of the Swedish National Research School, the steering board of Architecture in the Making part of the SRE (Strong Research Environment Sweden), the Architecture Academy in Sweden. She is the jury member for the Golden Trezzini Award, and the Mies van der Rohe Young Talent Award; external scientific reviewer for Swiss National Science Foundation, and KU- Leuven, member of the advisory board for FOLIO, Journal of African Architecture, and editorial member of AJAR, Arena Journal of Architectural Research, and the Radical Architecture Practice for Sustainability Network, and the Future School at the Korean Pavilion in La Biennale di Venezia, among others.