Natalia Echeverri was born in New York City and grew up in Bogota, Colombia. She began her undergraduate studies in architecture in Univesidad de los Andes in Bogota and completed her bachelors degree in the University of Washington in Seattle in 2001. She graduated with a joint masters degree in architecture and city planning from the University of California, Berkeley in 2009. In 2008, Natalia received the J.K. Branner Traveling Fellowship, which allowed her to do research around the world for a year on the impact of speculation in the urban landscape at the onset of the 2008 global crash. Her thesis—on regenerating the suburban wasteland in California after the crash—was shortlisted and exhibited at the 4th International Architecture Biennale in Rotterdam in 2009.
As a practicing architectural designer with more than 5 years of professional experience, Natalia has worked on a range of projects at various scales—from furniture and residences to landscape art installations and urban design.
She worked for three years for Ali Tayar’s Parallel Design in New York City where she completed two restaurants in the Meat Packing District, a high-end residential residence in the West Village and a hotel in Switzerland. More recently, Natalia worked for Walter Hood as a designer and a project manager. She directed the urban design for the light transit corridor in Los Angeles and led the winning competition entry for a landscape art project.
Currently, Natalia lives in Hong Kong. She is part of www.thepolisblog.org, a collaborative blog about cities where she continues to explore her interest in the unprecedented transformations occurring on a rapid scale in cities.