Daniel Daou (b. 1982) is a doctoral student at Harvard University Graduate School of Design. His thesis, Synthetic Ecology, explores the relationship between the design disciplines and the ecological imagination from 1972 onward and the ways in which the ecological metaphor can help reconsider an emancipatory project for architecture today.

Daniel holds a Licentiate in Architecture from the Universidad Iberoamericana graduating top of his class in 2006. He was an exchange student at the M.Arch II program at SCIArc, and, in 2011, with the support from the Fulbright program, the Brockman Foundation, and the National Council for Science and Technology, he obtained a Master in Science of Architecture Studies and a Master in City Planning with an Urban Design Certificate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was also a ‘Young Artist’ grantee by the National Fund for Culture and Arts from 2005 to 2006.

Prior to obtaining his graduate degrees, he worked as Unit Chief at the Department of Urban Development and Housing in Mexico City, studio instructor at the Universidad Iberoamericana, and junior designer at Fernado Romero/FREE, Enrique Norten/TEN Arquitectos, and Castillo+Springall/Arq911.

Daniel has been involved in over 40 projects spanning a dozen countries. He has been research assistant, teaching fellow, and lecturer at MIT and Harvard and a guest critic at MIT, Harvard, the University of Pennsylvania, Wentworth Institute of Technology, Northeastern University, Boston Architectural College, and the Danish Academy of the Arts.

At Harvard, he has been a Fellow of the Energy Council at the Center for the Environment and a member of New Geographies’ editorial board from 2013 to 2018 where he co-edited the ninth volume of the journal. Over the last decade, he has contributed over 60 essays on design for several magazines and journals including Domus Mexico, Arquine, Thresholds, Lunch, and New Geographies.

Daniel is a sci-fi fan, an avid traveler, and a half decent cook.

Full CV.


Selected Writings

Planetary Design: The Organization of Life on Earth (forthcoming). (EN)
“Cosmic Ecology” in New Geographoes 11: Extraterrestrial. Actar, Barcelona (forthcoming). (EN)

“Contranihil: Extinción y Re-encantamiento”Arquine en línea (publicación próxima). (ES)
“Contracentralidad”Arquine en línea (publicación próxima). (ES)
“Contrailustración: Autoinmunidad Posmoderna” Arquine en línea. (ES)

Daniel Daou and Pablo Pérez-Ramos. “Isla” in Bitácora 36: Fronteras. UNAM, México. (ES)
“Architecture and Ecology: Twenty Years” in Arquine 80: 20th Anniversary Special Edition. (ES/EN)

“The Limits of Ecology” Beyond -ism: The Landscape of Landscape Urbanism Conference Paper, SLU. Malmo, Sweden. (EN)
“Heliomorphisms: From Heliobiology to Thermosemiosis” Heliomorphism Conference Paper, GSD. Cambridge, U.S.A. (EN)
“Contradensidad” Arquine en línea. (ES)
“La Cotidianeidad y la Imaginación Arquitectónica” Arquine en línea. (ES)
Daniel Daou and Pablo Pérez-Ramos. New Geographies 8: Island. Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Cambridge, U.S.A. (EN)

“The Great Question Is Now at Issue” in Lunch 9: Excess. University of Virginia. Virginia, U.S.A. (EN)

“The End(s) of Civilization” in Thresholds 40: Socio-. Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Cambridge, U.S.A. (EN)

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