Job: Senior Lecturer; BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology Programme Leader
Faculty: Arts, Design and Humanities
School/department: Leicester School of Architecture
Research group(s): Architecture Research Institute
Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH, UK
T: +44 (0)116 257 7430
Dr Luis Fernando Zapata Montalvo is Senior Lecturer at the Leicester School of Architecture. In the course of his practice experience he has developed advanced skills in architectural design and construction of residential, commercial, industrial and public buildings working in several architectural projects as a freelance architect and in architecture firms. Dr. Zapata was lecturer in architecture and construction technology at the University of the Valley of Mexico and the School of Architecture, Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education in Mexico City Mexico, where he was architecture program director. He also worked as tutor and lecturer in architecture and construction technology and management at the University of Melbourne and at Deakin University in Australia. Since his involvement in academia, he has participated in international conferences and has been guest lecturer at the University of Seville in Spain. Dr. Zapata’s teaching philosophy places emphasis on evidence-based design, critical inquiry, and active and experiential learning. His position in teaching is that architecture and technology architecture education is not simply the imparting of knowledge and skills necessary for practice, but it also involves development of values, ideologies, cultural and philosophical positions. It also emphasizes the importance of understanding the environment as having multiple realities by understanding not only sustainable and technological principles of design and construction but also values, preferences, and lifestyles of people.
Architecture Research Institute
GCRF (Global Challenges Research Fund) award (Co-awarded with Mr. Simon Bradbury and Prof. Ahmad Taki) for the project Socio-cultural and environmental experiences in low-income, tropical housing.
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