Eduarda Aun joined NACTO as a Program Associate in 2019 to contribute to GDCI’s efforts in promoting safe, equitable, and sustainable cities through better street design. She will be working on an upcoming Safe Speeds publication and working with different cities across BIGRS initiatives.
Eduarda is an urbanist and strategic designer from Brasília, Brazil. Prior to joining Nacto, Eduarda worked at the NYC Department of Transportation, assisting in the development of the third edition of NYC’s Street Design Manual and in the planning, design and evaluation of pedestrian-friendly “el-spaces” (spaces under elevated infrastructure) citywide. In Brazil, she co-founded Coletivo MOB (Movimente e Ocupe o seu Bairro), a non-profit organization that uses public space as a platform for civic engagement and social change, working alongside local planning agencies, cultural movements and mobility advocates. Her passion for public space and commitment to citizen-led processes and democratization of urban knowledge led her to develop espacopubli.co, an interactive platform that provides resources and leverages grassroots initiatives that are reclaiming public space in Brasilia.This project was an outcome of her master’s thesis at Parsons School of Design and a fellowship from the Institute for Canadian Citizenship (ICC).
Eduarda holds a Master’s degree in Design and Urban Ecologies from Parsons School of Design and a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture and Urbanism from Universidade de Brasilia (UnB). She was also an exchange student at the Politecnico di Torino in Italy. Eduarda was a receiver of the Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS) Transit Policy Innovator Scholarship in 2017, and her undergraduate thesis was featured in Archdaily as one of the best graduation projects from Brazil in 2016.