Catalina Freixas

Associate Professor, Architecture

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Catalina Freixas has taught in the Sam Fox School since 2004. She is engaged in urban humanities research and practice, with a focus on resiliency in natural, built, and social environments. She has developed a series of research questions and metrics for analysis that connect the natural, economic, and social facets of the urban environment, and a quantitative model to evaluate eco-urbanism strategies. Her work also has focused on the social and environmental consequences of urban segregation locally, leading to the new book Segregation by Design: Conversations and Calls for Action in St. Louis. Her research has been supported by grants from The Divided City initiative and InCEES, and she has shared her findings widely through conference presentations and in peer-reviewed papers and publications. Freixas weaves her approach to resilient design into the studios and seminars she teaches and has had a significant impact on students in our undergraduate and graduate programs, as well as our Architecture Discovery Program for high school students, which she has directed since 2012.