André investigates how design frameworks and methods can help create infrastructural interventions to support the well-being of people, organizations, and the ecosystems within which they live in. His work has been funded by The Kresge Foundation, The Chicago Community Trust, Chicago Food Policy Action Council, among others. He currently leads investigations on complex challenges related to life after pandemics, eradicating tuberculosis, urban food systems, infrastructures for local circular economies, and organizational models and leadership for environmental conservation.
André also advises corporate senior executives and leaders of NGOs and in the public sector interested in building design capacity within their organizations. Before coming to Harvard, André completed his Ph.D. in Design at the IIT-Institute of Design, where he helped create the Action Design Lab and led projects that influenced food policy change. He holds an M.S. in Contemporary Urban Planning and a dual major bachelor’s in Architecture and Urban Design from Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie, São Paulo, and a Masters in Geography, Cities, and Architecture, from Escola da Cidade, São Paulo.