Director, Master of Architecture and New Urbanism, Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education
Dr. Ramón Abonce has directed the Master of Architecture and New Urbanism program at Monterrey Tech (ITESM), Querétaro Campus, since 2005. Prior to his appointment as director, he held a variety of positions at Monterrey Tech, including Professor (1995 - present); Coordinator of the Master in Architecture UNAM-ITESM (1995 - 1999); Director of the Department of Architecture and Design (1999 - 2004); Coordinator of the National Academy of Architecture (2001 - 2003); Coordinator of the Master in Architecture of the Virtual University (2001-2004). He was also a researcher at the Center for Research in Architecture and New Urbanism, ITESM.
Dr. Abonce earned his Master of Regional Planning and Development (1986) and his PhD in Urban Geography (1994) from North America’s oldest francophone university, Université Laval, Québec, Canada. While at Laval, he conducted research for the Centre for Research in Regional Planning and Development (CRAD). He was Architect for Guanajuato’s University from 1977 to 1982, and from 1992 to 1994, worked as a consultant for the Canadian .rm GMAT Inc., where he completed several development plans, including the Regional Development Plan for the industrial corridor of the Bajío, in Mexico.
In recent years, Dr. Abonce has presented refereed papers on New Urbanism in national and international seminars and congresses. He has also published widely on topics related to New Urbanism, including social participation in the processes of design, the Mexican Transect, principles and postulates of the New Urbanism, the concept of urban densities in Mexico, and Transit Oriented Development. He was a contributor to the books Space and Place in the Mexican Context: The Evolution of a Colonial City (2007) and Globalization and Big Urban Projects: The Response of 25 Cities (2006).