Supervisor: Heather Macdonald
ORCID : 0000-0002-4157-5287
"I’m interested in how culture can shape space and in turn how space can help shape a cultural event, or how people express their culture"
Doctor of Philosophy
Gabriela Quintana Vigiola has over 10 years’ experience in architecture and urban design, specifically in developing projects through participatory processes.
Creating spaces with cultural meaning
“I’m interested in how culture can shape space and in turn how space can help shape a cultural event, or how people express their culture,” Gabriela says.
“For my PhD, I’m researching Catholic processions as an activity in the urban space in Caracas’ barrios. The barrios still have challenges that you find in slums, with infrastructure, with services, with transport, but the buildings and houses in a slum are usually made out of tin, cardboard, very light materials. Barrios originated like that. Now, they are more consolidated, for example the houses are made out of reinforced concrete and the walls are made out of brick, so they have significantly evolved.”
Reflecting different cultures in urban spaces and a multicultural society
Gabriela cites the need to consider and accommodate different cultures and their activities as one of the biggest challenges facing built environment practitioners and researchers worldwide.
“A way to overcome these challenges is with participatory processes, participatory planning, participatory design, really integrating people not only into what is going to happen in their area regarding DAs, or if a building is going to be redeveloped, but also the activities that take place in that building.
“One of the most common mistakes that designers, planners, anyone in the built environment makes, is to create something without considering the community and the necessity for a a sense of place, a sense of belonging and attachment, and all of those are psycho-social processes. If you don’t involve the people, nobody will use it because it doesn’t relate to the people.
Contributing to a culture of academic excellence through collaboration
Gabriela says her experience as a PhD candidate and faculty-member at UTS has been shaped by DAB’s supportive, practice-oriented culture and commitment to excellence.
In 2012, Gabriela collaborated with Designing Out Crime in a series of participatory workshops with the local community and Barangaroo Delivery Authority to assess the design of the headland park.
“I look forward to working on more things like that once my PhD is complete, and doing research that extends me; where I can learn more from what my colleagues do, and they can also learn a little bit from me,” she says.
Gabriela’s Doctoral thesis examines Catholic processions as an activity in the urban space focusing on self-built areas, Petare, Venezuela. She has worked on research projects examining religiosity in everyday life, politics in the public space and quality and safety in great urban projects.
Gabriela teaches at postgraduate level in Urban Planning and its interface with Property Development. Subjects: Urban Design, Planning Theory and Decision Making, Group Project A: Urban Renewal (masterplanning studio), Group Project B: Greenfield Development (structure plans), Minor and Major Project (research seminars supervising students).
Doctor of Philosophy candidate, School of Built Environment, University of Technology, Sydney, (expected completion 2016).
(transferred in 2014 from Central University of Venezuela)
Master in Urban Design 2008, Central University of Venezuela
Bachelor in Architecture 2004, Central University of Venezuela (assessed by the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia as comparable to Australian Bachelor’s degree)
Quintana Vigiola, G. 2014, 'Urban morphology and cultural expressions: qualitative methods to understand the city’s dynamic in a self-built area in Caracas, Venezuela' in Silva, E.A., Healey, P., Harris, N. & Broeck, P.V.D. (eds), The Routledge Handbook of Planning Research Methods, Routledge. Taylor and Francis Group, UK.
Quintana Vigiola, G. 2012, 'Barreras Psicologicas. La politica reflejada en el espacio publico (Psychological Barriers. Politics reflected on the public space)', Argos, vol. 29, no.57, pp. 150-179.
Quintana Vigiola, G. 2011, 'Carlos Ral Villanueva', Planning Perspectives, vol. 26, no. 2, pp. 337-338.
Quintana Vigiola, G. 2009, 'The 'homo religious' and the inhabitants of self-built
Areas [trans]', Revista Encrucijadas: Dialogos y Perspectivas , vol. no. 4, pp. 36-58.
Public lectures and conference papers
Quintana Vigiola, G. 2013, 'Experiences in Participatory Design Processes: Assessing the Headland Park Design', A TINER's Conference Paper Series PLA20130850, Athens Institute for Education and Research, Athens, Greece, pp. 114.
Quintana Vigiola, G. 2011, 'Rethinking the competencies of Urban Planners: rethinking the Undergraduate Program of Urban Planning's curriculum at the Universidad Simon Bolivar (USB)', World Planning Schools Congress, The University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia, pp. 111.
Quintana Vigiola, G. 2011, 'Urban Space Morphology and Popular Catholicism: the interaction between two cultural expressions', World Planning Schools Congress, The University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia.
Quintana Vigiola, G. 2010, 'Meaning of sacred places [self translation]', X Congreso de Psicologa de la Liberacin , Universidad Central de Venezuela Universidad Catolica Andres Bello, Caracas, Venezuela.
Quintana Vigiola, G. 2009, 'Catholicism as everyday life of the inhabitants of Petare [self translation] ', X Jornadas de Investigacin Humanstica y Educativa, Facultad de Humanidades y Educacion UCV, Caracas, Venezuela.
Quintana Vigiola, G. 2009, 'The street, the intersection and the basketball court, cultural exchange spaces: religiosity in Petare, Caracas [self translation]', IV Seminario Taller sobre Espacios Pblicos y Ciudades Intermedias, Universidad de Los Andes, Merida, Venezuela.
Quintana Vigiola, G. 2009, 'Popular Religiosity: Cultural Fact in Urban Design Case study Urban Special Plan UDA 10 La Adobera, Valencia, Venezuela [self translation]', Congreso Internacional Ciudades Latinoamericanas La utopía intelectual en una geografía inestable. Universidad de Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Quintana Vigiola, G. 2008, 'Polygons: a space for urban equilibrium in the city [self translation]', Semana Internacional de Investigacin 2008, Facultad de Arquitectura y Urbanismo, UCV, Caracas, Venezuela.