Dalia Munenzon - University of Houston
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Dalia Munenzon

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Assistant Professor of Urban Design, Sustainable Communities, and Infrastructure
Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture and Design

  (713) 743-2400
  4200 Elgin St

Dalia Munenzon is an assistant professor of urban design at the University of Houston's Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture and Design, where she focuses on researching and teaching adaptive strategies and resiliency methods for sustainable communities and infrastructure. With a background in urban systems design, environmental planning, and architecture, she works with local communities to create resilient cities and urban environments. Munenzon's current research explores the use of climate adaptation as a means for transformative actions in the urban realm, including the study of infrastructure systems, co-design of visions, and analysis of regulations and policies required for implementation. She aims to further the discourse on design as a multidisciplinary exchange between communities, cultural practices, regulatory complexity, economy, landscape, and the built environment. Dalia was awarded the 2022 SOM Foundation Research award and the AIA Upjohn 2023 research award for the Collective Comfort project in collaboration with Liz Galvez (UCB). The project aims to develop a public program that reimagines the cooling center as an educational resilience hub. It offers alternative solutions that prioritize collectivity and community resilience to extreme heat and equitable energy access.

Research Areas
Urban design and planning Climate adaptation and resilience Environmental justice