Born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Vicente del Rio is a professor emeritus at the City and Regional Planning Department, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. He is an architect-urbanist (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro) with a graduate degree in urban and regional planning (State University of Rio de Janeiro), a master's in urban design (Oxford Polytechnic) and a PhD in architecture-urbanism (University of São Paulo, Brazil). His post-doctoral studies were at the Center for Urban Design, University of Cincinnati. Vicente’s expertise is in physical planning and urban design with a focus on environmental perception, placemaking, and livability. His post-doctoral studies were at the Center for Urban Design, University of Cincinnati. Vicente’s expertise is in physical planning and urban design with a focus on environmental perception, placemaking, and livability.
Before moving to Cal Poly, Vicente lived and worked in Brazil where he was a full professor at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. He worked in Rio de Janeiro's metropolitan planning office and the city's planning department, as well as a consultant and project associate in various master planning and urban design projects. In the United States, he was a visiting urban designer with the City of Baltimore, collaborated with R2L Architects and the SWA Group, and conducted several community-outreach projects through his studio teaching at Cal Poly. He is a visiting professor at the Universidade Lusofona in Lisbon, lectures and publishes extensively in the US and internationally, and has authored six books. His work and projects received numerous awards in Brazil and in the US, and his team was the runner-up in the 2016 Rio Olympic Park Master Plan international competition.
Vicente is fluent in Portuguese and Spanish. He is married with a daughter, and his hobbies are playing tennis, listening to good music, sketching, and visiting new places.
More on Vicente on his website: www.vicentedelrio.net
Vicente del Rio
I first learned about the work by Uta and Xsense from an article on the sense of place in planning in the American Planning Association magazine (see below, page 6). Since I am passionate about environmental perception and community involvement, it immediately caught my attention. When I realized that Xsense was based in San Luis Obispo, where I teach and live, I got in touch with Uta and started a long and fruitful friendship. Uta spoke and conducted workshops in my classes at Cal Poly a couple of times, and the students loved learning about her concepts and methods. The type of work that Xsense provides is at the root of what good planninign is all about: understanding and empowering the genius loci.