Camilo Cerro is an award-winning eco-social designer, sustainable living researcher, author, cultural nomad, design tinkerer and also associate professor of architecture and interior design at the American University of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates.
In the present context of the rising awareness of ecological issues and the development of emerging technologies, his current research interest focuses on the study of how formal and informal networks can be transformed through an undertone of sustainable technologies, into interdependent systems designed to better the quality of life for individuals and communities. With the aim of moving towards a convergence between the built environment and nature, his research proposes a hybrid that uses ethical design ideas as a process to contextualize design in culture, developing sociopolitical and site-specific answers to real problems. This approach is not looking for formal studies, but a cohesive system that works at every scale and keeps evolving dynamically through the social interactions they generate. He has lectured on his research internationally and published widely.
Cerro earned his Master of Architecture degree at Columbia University in the city of New York, where he was the recipient of the William Kinne Memorial Fellowship and his undergraduate degree at Washington University in Saint Louis, Missouri. With over twenty years of professional practice in the fields of Architecture, Interior, Product and Furniture design, he is the founder and principal of Dharmatecture LLC in Brooklyn, New York. As an associate professor he teaches both in the architecture and interior design programs at the American University of Sharjah and has coordinated twice the Study Abroad Program that AUS has in Barcelona, Spain.