Carlos Lopez Ortiz
Assistant Director (2020-Present)
Carlos is a Ph.D. student in City and Regional Planning at Cornell University. His research interests lie at the intersection of planning, urban economics, and urban sociology. He is interested in understanding how poverty in cities affects people's development, with a particular interest in Latin American cities. Specifically, his research will explore how planners, in and outside traditional planning frameworks, can turn urban spaces into platforms that build people's capacities to improve their wellbeing. During his master's degree, Carlos analyzed the relationship between income residential segregation and children's academic performance in metropolitan areas in the northeastern United States. Carlos holds a master's degree in Regional Planning from Cornell University and a bachelor's degree in Architecture from Universidad de Los Andes in Bogota, Colombia.