Ignacio Castillo Ulloa

A02: Educational Spaces

Research Associate

Technische Universität Berlin
BH-5-1 | Room 228
Ernst-Reuter-Platz 1
10587 Berlin


  • Studies

  • 2011-2017

    Doctorate in Urban and Regional Planning | Berlin University of Technology | Title of Dissertation: Space and Radical planning: Linking protest action and local community self-development

  • 2008 - 2010

    M.Sc. Urban Management | Berlin University of Technology | Title of Master thesis: Megaprojects—Megaparticipation?

  • 1998 - 2005

    Licentiate in Architecture | University of Costa Rica | Title of graduation project: Modelo Análisis Imagen Urbana [Urban image analytical model]

  • Working Experience

  • 07/2009 – 10/2010

    Project assistant-Project manager
    INPOLIS UCE GmbH | Berlin, Germany

  • 05/2009 – 06/2009

    (former) GTZ | Dhaka, Bangladesh

  • 02/2009 – 04/2009

    Center of Metropolitan Studies of the Berlin University of Technology | Berlin, Germany

  • 09/2005 –06/2008

    Researcher-Project manager
    Research Center on Urban Sustainable Development of the University of Costa Rica (ProDUS-UCR) | San José, Costa Rica

  • 10/2005 –06/2008

    Project designer-Project manager
    Freelance Architect | San José, Costa Rica

Research Focus

    • Planning theory

    • urban theory

    • citizen participation

    • community development

    • socio-spatial analysis

    • (urban) social movements


  • Lectures

    • Protest action and self-development meets head-on urban growth. Lecture series summer 18: Interdisciplinary theory and practice. Berlin University of Technology: Berlin, 16 April-July 16, 2018.

    • How much of an anagram are (planning) theoretical and practical research? Urban Management Alumni Symposium. Berlin University of Technology: Berlin, 26-28 May 2016.

    • Self-organization and political subjectivity: Community development that overcomes structural impairment and exclusion. Community Development Society Annual Conference. Lexington: 19-22 July 2015.

    • Heading (inevitably) towards Trantor? (Urban) society, planning and ecology. Ecology Days Berlin. Humboldt University: Berlin, 12-16 May 2014.

  • Publications

    • Castillo, I. (forthcoming). Crystallising actual neighbourhood development via public space, ‘non-adversarial’ political subjectivity and extra-institutional politics. Jahrbuch Stadterneuerung 2018.

    • Castillo, I. (2017). Public space as catalyst for an alternative politics of neighborhood TRIALOG 126/127: 5-11.

    • Castillo, I. (2016). From apophenia to epiphany: Making planning theory-research-practice co-constitutive. plaNext—next generation planning 3: 16-35.

    • Castillo, I. (2015). Acting in reality within the cranny of the Real: Towards an alternative agency of urban commons. In: M. Dellenbaugh, M. Kip, M. Bieniok, A. Müller and M. Schwegmann (eds.) Urban Commons: Moving Beyond State and Market. Basel: Birkhäuser, pp.130-147.

    • Castillo, I. (2013a). Unravelling spaces of representation through insurgent planning actions. Planum—The Journal of Urbanism 26(1): 1-12.

    • Castillo, I. (2013b). Unravelling spaces of representation through insurgent planning actions. In: F. Chiodelli, B. De Carli, M. Falletti and L. Scavuzzo (eds.) Cities to be Tamed? Spatial Investigations Across the Global South. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, pp.262-283.