Vanessa Guerra | Graduate Student

Program of Study: Ph.D. in Environmental Design & Planning (EDP)


Vanessa is a Ph.D. student in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies. She holds a Master in Urban Planning from the University of Melbourne in Australia and a Bachelor in Architecture from USFQ University in Quito, Ecuador. Her research interests include urban governance and urban interventions as potential contributions to sustainable development and resilient cities. Vanessa is currently exploring the dichotomy between the formal and informal sector in the developing world. Prior to Virginia Tech Vanessa worked as a project architect, participated with the University of Melbourne-Australia in the project “How Sustainable Transport Networks Build Great Cities” at Munich and Zurich, and taught at USFQ University in Quito-Ecuador, where she also coordinated the seminar “Ecuador towards Habitat III”. She has presented her work in several conferences across the United States and South America, and has spoken at TEDx in Quito-Ecuador.