Cristina is qualified with a Master of Environment, Melbourne University Bachelor of Biology, Universidad de las Americas. Combined with her qualifications within the field of ecology, she has extensive experience within Landscape Designer and Participatory Design. More recently, she graduated from the Master of Environment specializing in sustainable cities where she researched the complex process of integrating design disciplines with ecological science through Biodiversity Sensitive Urban Design. Her research project was supported by design experts in The university of Melbourne, ecology experts of RMIT and by the United Nations Global Compact – Cities Programme. Cristina is a co-founder and the Head of Biodiversity Sensitive Design with BIOURBEM. Throughout her role with Melbourne Building Management, Cristina applies her research and analytical skills to assist drive the sustainability practices and support each member of staff to consistently Improve the Liveability of all buildings within Melbourne Building Managment’s care.
“As a biologist, I have long sensed a disconnection between the ‘city’ and it’s ecosystem. Unable to find solutions solely through research, I took a more practical approach though sustainable landscape designs and now through urban design. BIOURBEM embodies my core beliefs creating a partnership between environmental research, designers and the community to promote a resilient way of living. My values and Melbourne Building Management values perfectly align in this sense and through our work, we are able to track and measure the positive impact we can make”