Belinda Tato is an architect and urbanist, and Associate Professor in Practice of Landscape Architecture at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.
Tato and Jose Luis Vallejo are founding members of ‘ecosistema urbano’, a Madrid based group of architects and urban designers operating within the fields of urbanism, architecture, engineering and sociology. Vallejo and Tato define their approach as urban social design, by which they understand the design of environments, spaces and dynamics in order to improve the self-organization of citizens, social interaction within communities and their relationship with the environment. Ecosistema urbano has used this philosophy to design and implement projects in Norway, Denmark, Spain, Italy, France and China.
They have taught as visiting professors and have given workshops and lectures at the most prestigious institutions worldwide (Harvard, Yale, UCLA, Cornell, Iberoamericana, RIBA, Copenhagen, Munich, Paris, Milan, Shanghai, to list a few). Since 2000, their work has been nationally and internationally awarded on more than 30 occasions.