Dr Emilio Jose Garcia


Dr. Emilio Jose Garcia is an architect and urban designer. Since 2013 he has been working as a Lecturer in Sustainability at the School of Architecture and Planning in the University of Auckland, New Zealand. He obtained his PhD at Victoria University of Wellington in 2013. In the last ten years he has been teaching, practicing and researching in Argentina, Mexico and New Zealand. He has participated in many international competitions in America, Europe and Asia and won a Holcim Awards for Sustainable Construction in 2008.

His latest book, "Unravelling Sustainability and Resilience in the Built Environment" explores what sustainability and resilience means when applied to the built environment, how they are related to each other and why they are still important concepts for designers. 

Teaching | Current

ARCHTECH 106 Architecture and Sustainability

ARCHGEN 721 Seminar on Urban Resilience

ARCHDES 201 Design 4

Postgraduate supervision

Doctoral Supervisions

Gomez, Alexander

Environmental crime prevention and urban design in public spaces in Colombia


Ta Dung

The production of plural spatiality in the streets of Hanoi.


Rugik Gomes, Sergio

Gated territories: Territorial Organization and Control in the Architecture and Urban Design of Gated Communities in Brazil


Amirshekari Razno, Salma

Investigating the role of bonus floor spaces in the process of neighbouring in inner city of Auckland

  Akbarzadeh, Neda Female Single Parents Housing Perceptions; A Guideline for Planning Gender Responsive Housing Development
  Del Castillo, Juan Manuel

The role of Cultural Landscapes in Sustainable Territorial Development: Maori Auckland and Inca Lima



Departmental Graduate Advisor, Architecture

Areas of expertise






Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Garcia, E. J. (2017). Between grey and green: Ecological resilience in urban landscapes. Landscape Review, 17 (2), 67-82.
  • Garcia, E. J., & Vale, B. (2017). Unraveling sustainability and resilience in the built environment. London, United Kingdom: Routledge. 10.4324/9781315629087
  • Vale, B., & Garcia, E. (2016). The relationship between resilience and sustainability in the built environment. In N. Domingo, S. Wilkinson (Eds.) Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Building Resilience, 550-560. Auckland, New Zealand: Massey University and The University of Auckland. Related URL.
  • Garcia, E. J., & Vale, B. (2016). Resilience beyond disasters. In N. Domingo, S. Wilkinson (Eds.) Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Building Resilience held at Auckland, New Zealand, 561-570. Auckland, New Zealand: Massey University and The University of Auckland.
  • Garcia, E. J., Muminovich, M., Vale, B. V., & Radovic, D. (2014). The role of green spaces for the resilience of a city. In R. Cavallo, S. Komossa, N. Marzot, M. Berghauser Pont, J. Kuijper (Eds.) New Urban Configurations, 865-871. Delft University of Technology. 10.3233/978-1-61499-365-0-871
  • Garcia, E. J. (2013). The Application of Ecological Resilience to Urban Landscapes Victoria University of Wellington. Victoria University of Wellington. Related URL.
  • Garcia, E. J., Muminovic, M., Vale, B. V., & Radovic, D. (2012). The resilience of an assembled identity. In Department of Architecture Universitas Pembangunan Jaya (Ed.) International Seminar On Place Making and Identity (Placid): Rethinking Urban Approaches to Built Environment, 116-122. Jakarta: Universitas Pembangunan Jaya.

Contact details

Primary location

Level 3, Room 333
New Zealand