David Gouverneur received his M.Arch in Urban Design from Harvard University and his B.Arch from Universidad Simón Bolívar in Caracas, Venezuela. He is an associate professor of practice at the Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning at the University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design, where he teaches cross-disciplinary studios and theory/case study courses focusing on cities in the Global South. His recent research focuses on informal armatures as a method to address the rampant urbanization in developing countries, where a high percentage of the population will live in self-constructed areas. This research is condensed in his publication, Planning and Design for New Informal Settlements. Throughout his career, Gouverneur has served as the Chair of the School of Architecture at Universidad Simón Bolívar, Adjuct Secretary of Urban Development of Venezuela, Cofounder and Professor of the Urban Design program and Director of the Mayor's Institute in Urban Design at Universidad Metropolitana, Caracas, Venezuela.