María Ignacia Arrasate

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Research Associate
Zofnass Program for Sustainable Infrastructure at Harvard University

María Ignacia Arrasate is a Research Associate at the Zofnass Program for Sustainable Infrastructure at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design (GSD). Her research at Harvard is focused in promoting sustainable practices and improving resilience in large infrastructure projects across Latin American. She recently graduated from the Master in Design program at GSD, focusing in the field of designing resilient projects and implementing public policies for post-disaster recovery. Before coming to Harvard, she worked as a Minister Advisor in the Chilean Reconstruction Program led by the Chilean government to recover thousands of houses and infrastructure, which were severely damaged after the earthquake and tsunami that partially devastated the South of the country in 2010. She has published several articles related to the experience in disaster recovery learned in Chile. Her career began in the construction sector as an architect practitioner, working for several years in project management and design, addressing different project scales, from individual housing to master plans. During her years in Chile, she combined her professional practice with academic work, giving courses both in Universidad Católica de Chile and Universidad del Desarrollo. She holds a professional degree in architecture from the Pontificia Catholic University of Chile, as well as a Master’s in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University.