Jota (Jose) Samper has been working as an architect, planner and artist for 13 years and has taught architecture and urban design. Born and raised in Medellín, he studied architecture at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia in Medellín. Since then, he has done research, art and architectural projects in seven countries: Colombia, Panama, United States, Mexico, Brazil, India and France. His work has won more than 6 national (U.S.) and international awards. In 2010, his project “Living rooms at the Border,” which he designed with the team while at estudio teddy cruz, exhibited at the (Museum of Modern Art) MoMA in New York City. He is a Ph.D. candidate at the MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning, where he completed his master’s degree. His work dwells in the intersection between urban informality (Slums) and urban violent conflict. He is a fellow of the “Drugs, Security and Democracy, SSRC” He is an advisor for the “Strategic Masterplan for the Innovation District of Medellin”. Along with his work as a teacher of planning and design, he is co-founder and co-director of DukeEngage Medellin, Colombia since 2007. This is an alternative video and photographic archive and mapping with marginalized communities in the City of Medellin.
2010 - 2014Ph.D. Doctor of Philosophy in Urban and Regional Planning., DUSP MIT