Graham Sustainability Institute

María Arquero de Alarcón

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Assistant Professor
  • Arch. and U.P. (Taubman)
    • Architecture
    • Urban and Regional Planning
    • Urban Design

María Arquero de Alarcón is an Associate Professor in Architechture and Urban Planning as well as the Director of the Master in Urban Planning program at Taubman College, where she holds a joint appointment in architecture and urban and regional planning. Her research, teaching and practice focus on the design, representation and use of public space both as environmental infrastructure, and as a field of experimentation to devise new forms of civic engagement. Her recent work in the city of Detroit and surrounding region interrogates the agency of the design and planning disciplines in territories under dynamics of urban contraction and sustained population loss. Other current academic collaborations look at the visualization of water dynamics in the Great Lakes region as a vehicle to better inform land use decisions. This line of research articulates the role of visual representation as a mode of inquiry and spatial thinking, a platform to enable design synthesis across geographies, scales and disciplinary cultures.

María is a Spanish licensed architect and urban designer with extensive experience in professional practice both through interdisciplinary collaborations and as an independent consultant in international settings. She holds degrees in Architecture from the Polytechnic University of Madrid, a master of Advanced Studies in Landscape Architecture from the E.T.H. Zurich, and a master of Landscape Architecture in Urban Design from the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University.

Current sustainability courses taught

UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

My work contributes directly toward solving the United Nations SDGs listed below. Learn more.

No PovertyClean Water and SanitationIndustry, Innovation and InfrastructureSustainable Cities and CommunitiesLife on LandPeace, Justice and Strong InstitutionsPartnerships for the Goals


The affiliations listed below show engagement with the Graham Sustainability Institute.

  • Climate Center
    • Event Participant
  • Education Programs
    • Dow Programs
      • Distinguished Awards
        • Seed Grantee
      • Distinguished Faculty Fellow
    • Reviewer
  • Emerging Opportunities
    • Catalyst Grants
      • Reviewer
    • Event Participant
    • Fast Track Grants
      • Team Member
    • Integrated Assessments
      • Detroit Sustainability Indicators IA
        • Team Member
      • Focus: HOPE IA
        • Team Member
  • General
    • Event Participant
  • Water Center
    • Freshwater
      • GL Large Grants
        • Grant Recipient
    • Event Participant
      • WC Lunches