Patricia Molina Costa
Patricia Molina Costa is an architect and urban planner from Spain. She came to MIT with a Fulbright scholarship and earned a Master’s degree from the Department of Urban Studies and Planning. Prior to coming to the U.S., Patricia worked as a Senior Planner in a private office in Madrid, where she developed from comprehensive municipal planning to urban design projects. She was also an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at the Polytechnic University of Madrid, where she is a PhD candidate. She was a founder member of Laboratorio Urbano, a non-profit advocacy planning association involved in processes of public participation with neighborhood associations and social movements. She was also part of Observatorio Metropolitano –an independent, multi-disciplinary research platform that in 2007 published the book “Madrid ¿la suma de todos? Globalización, territorio, desigualdad“— and she has presented her work at multiple conferences in Spain and the U.S.
At CoLab, Patricia works on mapping, participatory planning and community engagement strategies for different projects. She is also helping to build the URBAN Activist Research Network, a SAGE Publications-supported platform that seeks to promote community-based research and engaged scholarship across the U.S.