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Patricia de Toledo Basile

Lecturer II



  • Ph.D., Constructed Environment University of Virginia
  • Professional MA, Building and Urban Sustainability Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie, São Paulo, Brazil
  • BA, Architecture and Urban Planning Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie, São Paulo, Brazil


  • Urban Informality
  • The Urban Commons
  • Grassroots Insurgency
  • Community Development
  • Housing, Urban Policy and Politics

Patricia Basile is currently a Visiting Scholar at the Latin American & Iberian Institute and an Instructor at the School of Architecture and Planning, both at the University of New Mexico.

As a Latina, architect, and interdisciplinary urban scholar, Patricia is committed to supporting historically marginalized communities in accessing equitable opportunities and building power and self-determination to achieve social justice through community-engaged scholarship and learning. Broadly speaking, her research agenda has two main focuses: 1) insurgent grassroots practices and histories confronting inequalities and how these can inform theory, policy, and practice to generate new forms of urban governance, social justice, and empowerment; 2) policies aiming to address such inequalities and their effects (or lack of).

Basile holds a Ph.D. in the Constructed Environment focused on Urban Planning and International Development from the University of Virginia, a Professional Masters in Building and Urban Sustainability from the Mackenzie Presbyterian University, and a Bachelor of Architecture and Urban Planning from the same university. Before moving to the US, Patricia worked on several social housing, community development, and favela upgrading projects in São Paulo, Brazil.

Community + Regional Planning, University of New Mexico:

CRP 413/513 Qualitative  Research Methods, Spring 2021
CRP 511 Analytical Methods for Planning, Spring 2021
CRP 531 Foundations of Community Development, Co-Instructor, Spring 2020

Arizona State University:

Sustainable Urbanism (PUP 465/565) Graduate and Undergraduate – Spring 2019
Theory and History of the Urban Global South (PUP 494/598) Graduate and Undergraduate – Spring 2019
Intro to Urban Planning (PUP 301) Undergraduate – Spring 2019
Planning Methods (PUP 424) Online – Fall 2018 and Spring 2019
Intro to Urban Planning (PUP 301) Online - Fall 2018 and Spring 2019
Planning Methods I (PUP 571) Graduate – Fall 2018
Theory of Urban Design (PUP 420) Online - Fall 2018
Public Participation in Planning (PUP 410) Online – Fall 2018

Arizona State University Mentoring:

Independent Study and Thesis Advisor in Urban Planning – Spring 2019 Thesis Title: “Lost in Middle America”

University of Virginia:

Cities of the Global South (PLAN 5500) Graduate – Fall 2017
University of Virginia Teaching Assistant:
Legal Aspects of Planning (PLAN 3060/6060) Graduate and Undergraduate – Fall 2016
University of Virginia Mentoring:
Honor Thesis Advisor in Political and Social Thought - 2014-2015
Thesis Title: “Cidade Para Quem? Participatory Urban Planning in Recife, Brazil”

Universidade Paulista – UNIP Taught Classes:

Architectural Design Studio - Single Family Residence - Undergraduate - Spring 2014
Architectural Design Studio - High Density Low-income Housing - Undergraduate - Spring
Theory and History of Urban Planning - Undergraduate - Fall 2013
Architectural Design Studio - Space and Shape - Undergraduate - Fall 2013

Refereed Publications Under Review:
Basile, Patricia and Meagan M. Ehlenz, “Examining Responses to Informality in the Global
South: A Framework for Community Land Trusts and Informal Settlements,” accepted to
Habitat International.
Refereed Publications in Preparation:

Basile, Patricia. “The Struggle towards Self-governance in São Paulo’s Favelas,” in
preparation for submission.
Basile, Patricia. “Understanding the logic of informality: social-spatial patterns in São Paulo’s
Favelas,” in preparation for submission.
Basile, Patricia. “Spatial Self-governance in Informal Settlements in São Paulo, ” in
preparation for submission.

Non-Refereed Publications:

Basile, Patricia and Priscilla Mayrink. October, 2019. “The Growth of the Global CLT
Movement, Part 5: In Puerto Rico, a Favela-CLT Gains Global Recognition,” RioOnWatch.
Available at

Basile, Patricia and Priscilla Mayrink. June, 2018. “’What about the People?’ and Sustainable
Community Development in Rio, Part 2 – Planning Tools [Book Review],” RioOnWatch.
Available at

Farnham, Kimberly and Patricia Basile. June, 2018. “‘What about the People?’ and
Sustainable Community Development in Rio, Part 1 – Defining Resilience [Book Review],”
RioOnWatch. Available at

Basile, Patricia. 2018. “The right to the city as a call to action.” Spine - Urban and
Environmental Planning.

Basile, Patricia. 2016. “The “State of Exception”: Rio de Janeiro’s Olympic Games and
Housing Evictions.” Catalyst: Urban Uncertainties.


2018 - Current Volunteer Writer for Rio on Watch – Community Reporting on Rio
Fall 2017 Reviewer, City & Society journal
Nov 2017 Final Project Reviewer for the ”Neighborhood Planning Studio -
Inclusive Charlottesville” taught by Professor Suzanne Morse
Moomaw at the University of Virginia
2015-2017 President and Founding Member
CE+ (PhD Students Organization) at the University of Virginia
2014-2016 Founding member, designer, content developer, social media strategist
of the Abroaders (
A website with instructions and all the information needed for
Brazilians to apply for graduate school in American universities.
2006-2007 Volunteer teacher
Volunteer English teacher to underprivileged teenagers at the Vila Piaui
community in the West zone of São Paulo.

Professional Affiliations

Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning
Urban Affairs Association
Latin American Studies Association
American Anthropological Association

Spring 2019 ASU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Outstanding Instructor Nominated
2014 UVA Center for Global Health “Innovations for Appalachian Youth Health” Case Competition
Winner – Awarded: $100.00