13-15 JUNE 2023

Patricia Molina


Directora de Ciudad, Territorio y Medio Ambiente



Urban Planner PhD and Architect from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (Spain) with a Master degree from the Department of Urban Studies and Planning of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA). From 2022 she is the Director of City, Territory and the Environment at Tecnalia, after 8 years leading the Urban Transformation Lab. She manages a multidisciplinary team of 47 researchers, working with public and private organizations in helping cities and territories to deal with environmental, social and economic challenges using data, technology and innovation to enhance decision making and public policy.

Prior to joining Tecnalia, Patricia was a Fulbright Scholar at MIT (2010-2011), and worked at the MIT Community Innovators Lab (CoLab, 2011-2013) where she focused on participatory planning and community engagement strategies for urban regeneration, as well as coordinating the creation of the URBAN Network, a platform that seeks to promote community-based research. From 2004-2010 Patricia worked as Senior Planner in a private office in Madrid, where she developed municipal master planning and urban design projects. She was also an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. From 2002-2012 she was part of Laboratorio Urbano, a non-profit advocacy planning association involved in processes of public participation with neighbourhood associations and social movements. She was also part of the Observatorio Metropolitano, a critical research platform focused on the urban transformations of Madrid.

She has published many articles about urban sustainability, community engagement, and urban regeneration, and she has co-authored four book chapters. She has been invited to lecture at MIT, Harvard, Rutgers, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Universidad Politécnica de Cataluña, Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, Universidad de Cantabria, Universidad de Zaragoza, Universidad Europea de Madrid, Universidad de Navarra, among others.

She is co-directing 3 doctoral theses on the integration of energy transition in urban planning processes, planning for age-friendly cities, and exploring AI potential in urban planning and management.