Adriana Valdez Young

Adriana believes that cities are better places when more people participate in designing them.  As a researcher, teacher and artist, she creates educational platforms and interventions for the public to unpack and participate in the planning, design, and programming of their neighborhoods.  She has worked with urban designers and architects in Barcelona, Mumbai and New York to make this happen.

Adriana received a BA from Brown University in Latin American history and Slavic Studies in 2001.  In 1999, she co-founded English for Action, a non-profit organization teaching English in the context of civic rights and community leadership for Latino immigrant families in Providence, Rhode Island.  In 2008, she earned a Master’s in International Affairs from The New School. In addition to working as the Research Director for CAPITAL B, she is an adjunct professor at the Parsons School of Design, a freelance grant writer and an avid parkour practitioner.  Her personal research explores the conflation of democracy with shopping, and the emerging real estate speculation for shopping malls and luxury lifestyle complexes in Iraq.