Eugenia Macchia holds a Master of Architecture from the Politecnico di Milano (2012) where she graduated with Honours with a thesis based on the research of informal sacred spaces in the province of Reggio Nell'Emilia (Italy). She is currently a 2016 Candidate for the Master of Interior Architecture at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Eugenia has interned at B+C Architectes in Paris (2011) and the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies (2013). She participated at several workshops at Archeworks in Chicago. She collaborated with the office Bureau Spectacular/Jimenez Lai, MAS Studio/Iker Gil, BOX Studios - Chicago (2014) and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (2015), where she currently works.
Veronica Perez-Lopez holds a Bachelor in Architecture from the Universidad de los Andes (2009) and is a candidate for a Master of Interior Architecture from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2016). Veronica collaborated to the Salmona's exhibition "Espacios abiertos/Espacios Colectivos" (Colombia, 2005). She has interned at AD76SL in Barcelona, Spain. In 2014, she was awarded first prize at the competition for the design of the church "Santa Cecilia" in a new public housing neighborhood of Bogota. Veronica worked as senior architect at Rafael Lopez Uribe y Cia in Bogota, where she was responsible of the design and construction documents of several residential and commercial projects.
Metropolitan cities flourish with cultural diversity due to ever expanding arrival of migrant populations. How can a city decrease social polarization and create the conditions for a dynamic and healthy community? Bogota (Colombia) is a city currently dealing with new fluxes of low-income students accessing university studies. It offers great opportunities to research such cultural collisions. After deep study to understand behaviors and needs of this newly arrived young generation from their natural habitat to the urban environment, this work proposes strategies for urban infill aimed to informally welcome the new students to the city and to mitigate cultural contrasts of the local resident population with socially inclusive mixes.