Headshot of Laura Sara Wainer, smiling at the camera.

Laura Sara Wainer

Assistant Professor

Phone: 212-650-6093

Email: lwainer@ccny.cuny.edu

Office: SSA2M05B


Educational Credentials :

  • Ph.D., Urban and Regional Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2022
  • M.S., International Affairs, The New School University, 2015
  • B.A., Architecture and Urbanism, Universidad de Buenos Aires, 2008

Teaching Experience :

  • Assistant Professor, City College of New York, CUNY, 2022-present
  • Adjunct Professor, Public Policy School, Universidad Torcuato Di Tella, 2020-2022
  • Teaching Fellow, Department of Urban Studies and Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2018-2019
  • Lecturer, School of Public Engagement, The New School University, 2014-2018
  • Adjunct Professor, School of Architecture and Urbanism, Universidad de Buenos Aires, 2008-2013
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, School of Architecture and Urbanism, Universidad de Buenos Aires, 2006-2008

Professional Experience :

  • Senior Consultant and Curator, Inter‐American Development Bank, 2018-2022
  • Curator and Researcher, MIT Center for Advanced Urbanism, 2016-2018
  • Senior Consultant, World Bank Group, 2021
  • Senior Consultant, International Growth Centre at Oxford University, 2016-2017
  • Planning Specialist and Urban Designer, Cities Alliance, 2011-2013
  • Consultant, Metropolitan Foundation, Argentina, 2009-2010
  • Urban Designer, National Secretariat of Territorial Planning, Argentina, 2013-2014
  • Urban Designer, Hydroelectric Bi‐National Power Station Yacyretá , 2011-2013
  • Urban development specialist, University of Buenos Aires, 2010-2013
  • Architect and Partner, DLW Architects, 2001-2008

Licenses/Registration :

  • College of Engineers, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Selected Publications and Recent Research :

  • Wainer, Laura Sara. "The Informalization of Formal Housing Projects in the Global South: Policy Failure or Counterhegemonic City-making?." PhD diss., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2022.
  • Wainer, Laura Sara, and Lawrence J. Vale. "Wealthier-but-poorer: The complex sociology of homeownership at peripheral housing in Cartagena, Colombia." Habitat International 114 (2021): 102388.
  • Wainer, Laura Sara. "Politics by design: Who gets what reflected in competing design ideals in South Africa’s low-income housing production." City 23, no. 4-5 (2019): 505-523.
  • Wainer, Laura Sara. “A Look at Housing Affordability: From a Design Perspective.” Global Housing Watch Newsletter: The Unassuming Economist (May 2018)
  • Gutman, Margarita, and Laura Wainer. "Anticipaciones Urbanas en la Región Metropolitana de Buenos Aires. Derivas de los Instrumentos Disciplinares (1990-2014)." Cuestión Urbana 4 (2018).
  • Buckley, Robert M., Achilles Kallergis, and Laura Wainer. "The emergence of large-scale housing programs: Beyond a public finance perspective." Habitat International 54 (2016): 199-209.
  • Wainer, Laura Sara, Billy Ndengeyingoma, and Sally Murray. "Incremental housing, and other design principles for low-cost housing." Retrieved from Rwanda (2016).
  • Buckley, Robert M., Achilles Kallergis, and Laura Wainer. "Addressing the housing challenge: avoiding the Ozymandias syndrome." Environment and Urbanization 28, no. 1 (2016): 119-138.
  • Adler, Verónica, Felipe Vera, Laura Sara Wainer, Pablo Roquero, Mariana A. Poskus, Luis Valenzuela, Marcela Letelier et al. Vivienda ¿Qué viene?: De pensar la unidad a construir la ciudad. Vol. 659. Inter-American Development Bank (2018).
  • Garay, Alfredo, Laura Wainer, Hayley Henderson, and Demián Rotbart. "Puerto Madero: a critique." Land Lines 25, no. 3 (2013): 2-7.

Professional Memberships :

  • SPURS Fellow, Special Program for Urban and Regional Studies at MIT
  • Politica Urbana Argentina
  • Colectivo Urbano, FADU, Universidad de Buenos Aires