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Sebastian Perez Sarralde

Sebastian is a Colombian licensed architect and an enthusiast of all subjects related to the evolution of contemporary urban environments. He strongly believes that well-rounded design represents the opportunity to generate disruptive dynamics on real estate development and address fundamental challenges of modern cities.

Prior to enrolling at MIT, Sebastian performed as project leader at Tecnourbana, a Colombian development and construction company where he encouraged through technology, the formation of effective links between project structuring, technical design, licensing, budget development and sales management. Under this role, he coordinated several residential projects, which range from social housing to luxury holiday residences, and account for a total construction area of 900,000 sqft and $68M in sales.

Formerly, he worked in leading urban and architectural design offices in Mexico City and Sao Paulo, where he built capabilities in urban research, project management, design and entrepreneurship. Eventually, he co-founded his own design practice to undertake the complete design of mid-size residential projects in Bogota and Sao Paulo.

In the MSRED program, Sebastian aims to capitalize on his proficiency in the sectors of design and development to further his understanding of urban economies and real estate markets. Specifically, he intends to emphasize on international housing economics, project financing and development through private action, in order to embrace the mechanisms that incentivize universal access to qualitative housing and a sustainable evolution of Latin-American cities.

Additionally, Sebastian is an experienced traveler and proficient in four languages, passionate for activities such as cycling, mountaineering and playing saxophone.