Belinda Tato is co-founder and co-director of the firm Ecosistema Urbano established in 2000 in Madrid. She has led workshops, lectured and taught at the most prestigious institutions worldwide. Since 2010 she has been faculty at Harvard University's Graduate School of Design in Cambridge and Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation in New York.
Ecosistema Urbano is a Madrid-based group of architects, urban designers and professionals specialized in urban innovation projects, operating within the principles of design thinking at the intersection between different disciplines: architecture, urban design, engineering and sociology.
Their approach can be defined as urban social design by which they understand the design of environments, spaces, dynamics and tools in order to improve the self-organization of citizens, social interaction within communities and their relationship with the environment.
Ecosistema Urbano has used this philosophy to design and implement projects in urban contexts from different countries: Norway, Denmark, USA, Spain, Italy, France, Mexico, Bangladesh, China, Russia, Paraguay, The Bahamas, Ecuador, Bahrain, Honduras, etc.
Ecosistema Urbano is specialized in urban consultancy projects (architecture and urban design), public space quality assessment and leads urban transformation processes (from initial conceptualization to final implementation) working for local, national governments, multilateral agencies and private companies. In recent years, their research has focused on the design of public spaces and its climatic conditioning, for contexts and climates as diverse as Bahrain or Norway. They have also designed and developed methodologies that incorporate participatory mechanisms with digital tools to allow collaborative network design.
Since 2000, Ecosistema Urbano has received prizes and awards in more than 45 occasions by numerous international organizations (awarded by UN-Habitat on 3 occasions) and their work has been covered by media from more than 60 countries. (specialized publications, tv programs, international press)
Ecosistema Urbano has just recently opened a U.S. branch in Florida to expand its business in North America.