Taubman College to Welcome Gabriel Cuéllar to Faculty

Gabriel Cuéllar will join Taubman College as an assistant professor in architecture in the fall of 2023. Cuéllar is an architect, urban designer, and educator. Since 2016, together with Athar Mufreh, he co-directs Cadaster, a spatial practice that develops design frameworks to support organizations driving institutional change. His research focuses on the spatial dimensions of property, design approaches for contemporary environments, and the role of architecture in land politics and struggles for spatial justice.

“My work is premised on the conviction that architects must take on new collaborators, sensibilities, and forms of creativity in order to engage with the opportunities and inequities that characterize contemporary environments. Learning institutions such as the University of Michigan have an important role to play in the formation of practitioners who can help advance spatial justice. I am eager to collaborate with Taubman College faculty and students and partners in Metro Detroit and beyond,” said Cuéllar.

Prior to joining Taubman College, Cuéllar held appointments as Swanson Visiting Assistant Professor and an Oberdick Fellow in 2018–2019, and as Professor-in-Practice at the University of Minnesota. His writing has appeared in publications by Sternberg Press and Routledge, as well as the journals Oase and Footprint. Cuéllar has contributed to projects exhibited in the Canadian Centre for Architecture, the Netherlands Architecture Institute, the House of World Cultures, The New School Parsons School of Design, the University of Michigan, and City College of New York. Prior to establishing Cadaster, which was awarded the Architectural League Prize in 2018, he worked in architecture and urbanism offices in Zurich, Paris, Amsterdam, Houston, and New York City.