Silvina Lopez Barrera

 Silvina Lopez Barrera


  • School of Architecture


  • Architecture


  • Assistant Professor

Office: (662) 325-2507
240 Giles Hall



Silvina Lopez Barrera is an Assistant Professor in the School of Architecture at Mississippi State University where she teaches Design Studios and Structures courses. She is a licensed Architect in Uruguay, LEED AP accredited with building design and construction specialty, and holds a Master of Architecture degree from Iowa State University. Her current research examines how architecture, urban design, and community development can help to alleviate housing inequality, food insecurity, and address informal housing in small rural communities in the US and in Latin America. Prof. Lopez Barrera’s unique field work aims to incorporate emergent digital technologies in participatory design processes to engage with Mississippi and Uruguay disadvantaged communities. She is a member of Uruguayan Society of Architects and an international associate member of the American Institute of Architects.

Selected Publications:

“Community Resilience and Collective Agency Under Significant Changes in the Natural and Built Environment: A Community Capitals Framework Approach” Diego Thompson and Silvina Lopez Barrera. Local Environment: The International Journal of Justice and Sustainability, 2019, ISSN: 13549839, DOI:10.1080/13549839.2019.1683723

“Building Collaborative Governance and Community Resilience under Socio-spatial Rural Disparities and Environmental Challenges”, Diego Thompson and Silvina Lopez Barrera. Community Development Practice, Fall 2019, Issue 23.

“The Right to the City in Informal Settlements: Case Studies of Post-Disaster Adaptation in Latin America.” Silvina Lopez Barrera, and Diego Thompson. Proceedings of the ARCC-EAAE Architectural Research Centers Consortium International Conference 2019, The Future of Praxis: Applied Research as a Bridge Between Theory and Practice, edited by Chris Jarrett, Philip Plowright, Hazem Rashed-Ali, 2019, ISBN 978-0-578-51124-5

“Exploring Spatial Justice Challenges in Rural Mississippi”, Silvina Lopez Barrera. Proceedings of the ARCC-EAAE Architectural Research Centers Consortium International Conference 2018, Architectural Research for a Global Community, edited by Kate Wingert-Playdon and Hazem Rashed-Ali, 2018, ISBN 1-935129-24-4.

“Representations of Spatial Transformations: Informal Settlements and Industrial Agriculture Growth in Mercedes (Uruguay)”, Silvina Lopez Barrera, Spaces and Flows: An International Journal of Urban and Extra-urban Studies, Volume 2, Issue 4, 2013, ISSN 2154-8676.


  • Master of Architecture (M.Arch.), Architecture, Iowa State University, 2010
  • Bachelor of Architecture, Architecture, Universidad de la Republica, 2008

Areas of Expertise

Informal Housing Affordable Housing Latin American Architecture and Urbanism Architectural Structures Digital Fabrication Participatory Design and Community Engagement