Dení López

Dení López is a PhD student in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT. Currently, her research focuses on recovery plans and cross-scalar governance in marginalized communities prone to socio-environmental threats. Her work has been published in The Plan Journal, as well as independent publications from Harvard University's Graduate School of Design and the Massachusetts Institue of Technology's Department of Architecture. She has also collaborated with design firms such as Estudio Lamela and JSa in Mexico City.

She holds a Master in Design Studies (Risk and Resilience) and a Master of Architecture in Urban Design from Harvard University, as well as a Bachelor of Architecture (with distinction) from the National Autonomous University of Mexico.

Areas of Interest
Climate Change, Community Planning and Economic Development, Conflict, Dispute Resolution, Mediation, and Participatory Planning, Environmental Planning and Management, Social, Inclusion, and Diversity Planning


2016 - 2019
Master in Design Studies (Risk and Resilience), Harvard University
2016 - 2019
Master of Architecture in Urban Design, Harvard University
2009 - 2014
Bachelor of Architecture, National Autonomous University of Mexico


2020 -
Presidential Graduate Fellowship, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
2017 - 2019
Dean’s Merit Scholarship, Harvard University
2016 - 2018
Graduate Fellowship, CONACyT-FONCA
2016 - 2019
Graduate Fellowship, UNAM-Fundacion Mexico en Harvard
2013 - 2014
Research Fellowship, PAPIIT-UNAM