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Juan Francisco Saldarriaga is a Mapping and Data Visualization Specialist. He has a Masters in Urban Planning and a Masters of Architecture from Columbia University. For his undergrad, Juan studied philosophy.


During his time as a student, Juan was a research and teaching assistant at the Spatial Information Design Lab, where he taught GIS workshops and worked in multiple research projects. Juan Francisco has also worked as an architectural designer at Carlos Zapata Studio in New York and for D.G.T. Architects in Paris.


Currently, Juan is a Research Scholar and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Urban Planning at the Spatial Information Design Lab at Columbia University where he does research projects on data visualization and teaches advanced and introductory classes to GIS. His work has been featured in The New York Times, Metropolis Magazine and the NACIS Atlas of Design, amongst others.


Juan is part of the Science Surveyor Magic Grant team.

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