Angelica Rojas

Principal

IncluDesign

Degree in Architecture - Javeriana University

Master in Architecture - University of Melbourne

PhD - University of Melbourne

 

"Every project, no matter its size, has the potential to contribute to its local, regional and global contexts. We live in times where every single project becomes an opportunity to channel our collective creative capacity towards more regenerative ways of living and practising."

"Regeneration implies looking at complex issues through the lenses of potential.  The housing affordability crisis in Australia brings the opportunity to create developments, frameworks, and systems that raise the quality of housing while creating benefits for communities, neighbourhoods, project teams, natural systems, and local economies."

Angelica is a Director at IncluDesign and a PhD scholar in Architectural Design at the University of Melbourne. With over 17 years of local and international experience, she brings integrated skills and knowledge in architecture, urban design, sustainability and regeneration.

 

Angelica has enjoyed a dynamic career since graduating in 2004, having roles in public and private organisations ranging from design director, researcher, educator, urban designer and sustainability advisor. Before co-founding IncluDesign, Angelica worked at leading Australian organisations such as the University of Melbourne, Ethos Urban Sydney, Development Victoria (former Places Victoria and VicUrban) and the City of Kingston Council, as well as internationally recognised architectural practices including Mazzanti, Lorenzo Castro and Daniel Bonilla. During her career, she has contributed to the design of award-winning schools, medium-density housing developments, convention centres, public spaces, master plans, and policy and industry guidelines. 

Angelica is an innovative designer who thrives on collaboration and enjoys design processes that bring together transdisciplinary knowledge, communities and multiple stakeholders. Her diverse experience enables her to integrate the different perspectives and inputs that come together during the design process into coherent outcomes

Through her practice-focused PhD research, she has developed an approach that recognises the design process's ability to enable agency (individual and collective), support communities through significant change and increase living systems awareness while designing built environments. She has taught Design Studios focusing on housing and Regenerating Sustainability subjects at the Melbourne School of Design. Her work has been presented in conferences and published in books, industry publications and design competitions.