Director of Urban Development and Accessibility, WRI Mexico
Pablo Lazo is the Director of Urban Development and Accessibility for WRI Mexico. He is responsible for defining and implementing the strategy for integrated planning related to low carbon emissions, resilience and land use in association with other members of the Executive Team; he also coordinates research initiatives on integrated planning and contributes within WRI to define metrics and tools that support the strategic urban agenda.
Pablo previously was managing partner of Unidad Diseño SC, an architecture, urban planning and landscape design firm in CDMX and consultant to the IFC for the cities in Latin America program. Before that, for more than 18 years, he was associate director for the consulting engineering firm, Ove Arup and Partners in different locations during which he developed the integrated urban planning business sector and managed and delivered projects ranging from urban planning, resilience in cities, mobility, regeneration and housing in developing countries.
Within Arup, Pablo coordinated the consultancy for the Rockefeller Foundation -100RC program for several Cities in Latin America and for USTDA the sustainability master plan for the new airport in Mexico City.
His extensive experience as a leader in multidisciplinary urban planning and consulting teams at the municipal and regional level, has led to transform cities in the United States, United Kingdom, Spain, Colombia, Mexico, and Brazil.
His writings have been widely published and he has been a visiting professor at renowned universities in the United Kingdom, Brazil, the United States and Mexico. He graduated from the Universidad Iberoamericana and the Architectural Association of London, United Kingdom.
Pablo currently lives in Mexico City with his family and two dogs and practices yoga.