Rodrigo was trained as an architect and planner in Porto, Barcelona (MSc) and London (PhD) before joining TU Delft, where he works as Assistant Professor at the Urbanism department. His research focuses on the spatial, functional, social and institutional dimensions of metropolisation processes in multicentric urban regions, as well as in the distinctive features and challenges of second-tier cities and regions in Europe and North America. Rodrigo is just starting a new project on the relations between large ports and second-tier urban regions, which will focus on Rotterdam as well as other port city-regions in Europe. Rodrigo is involved in education at TU Delft as course coordinator (Urban Geography) and MSc mentor. Among the students he supervises, one is working on turning the Metropoolregio Amsterdam into a pandemic-resilient urban system. At AMS, Rodrigo co-coordinates the Metropolitan Challenges course, in which students focus on understanding the challenges affecting metropolitan regions worldwide in depth and from different disciplinary perspectives. Amsterdam is used as a real-life example and the students engage in self-organized activities involving experts, policymakers, agencies and collectives in the city.
“At AMS Institute I am free to experiment with innovative education methods which involve teachers, students and local stakeholders in a broad exchange of ideas.”
Assistant Professor TUD & MADE Course Co-Coordinator Metropolitan Challenges