Paty Rios

Senior Housing Expert
Paty Rios
Paty is a designer, researcher, housing expert and seasoned facilitator. She leads our Happy Homes team.

Who: Paty Rios is a global leader in promoting social wellbeing in built environments. She uses tools from architecture, urban design, ethnography and participatory engagement to improve the design of housing and public spaces around the world. 

Her work: Paty leads our housing team, with projects such as Happy Homes, the world’s first interdisciplinary research-action initiative to boost sociability and equity through the design of multifamily housing. She is extending this research to other housing typologies such as modular housing. She is also developing metrics to measure social wellbeing performance in housing that can guide policy interventions. Paty has also invented a new method for testing wellbeing effects of large urban parks in Mexico City, and a new participatory engagement model for the University of British Columbia.

Her background: Paty holds a PhD in humanistic studies and offers more than 10 years of experience in architecture. Her interdisciplinary background helps ensure her research is accessible and implementable in practice.

Life is beautiful and complex. When she’s not hard at work, Paty revels in the beauty of nature with her furry pal Mollo

Projects Paty has worked on

Happy Neighbours

Happy Homes

Inclusive Engagement

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Tomo on Main


Happy Homes

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Social wellbeing in modular housing

Happy Homes

Inclusive Engagement

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Articles posted by Paty

Architecture helped me heal. So I helped create a new guide to fight loneliness
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Cities for women, by women
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Podcast: Paty Rios on Women-Led Cities
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