Dr Carmen Mendoza Arroyo is an architect and a PhD researcher in Urban Design and Planning. She is an Associate Professor and an Assistant Director at the School of Architecture of UIC Barcelona. She is the director of the Master in International Cooperation: Sustainable Emergency Architecture. Her research focuses on the comprehensive regeneration of degraded and informal settlements developed under the paradigm of sustainable development. Using context-based and community empowerment approaches, her methodology delves into the recognition and mapping of voids and places of urban significance through community participation. Her most recent research includes urban reconstruction and resilience in the field of emergency architecture and the urban integration strategies for displaced populations and refugees.