Chilean architect and researcher Francisca Insulza co-founded FIG projects in 2003 in Santiago de Chile together with Fabrizio Gallanti. FIG projects explores the boundaries between architecture, urban research and visual arts and promotes interdisciplinary initiatives. Their practice includes architectural explorations, urban studies, writing and curatorial projects.

Insulza trained as an architect at the Universidad Central in Santiago, Chile, has a M.Arch from the Berlage Institute in Amsterdam, The Netherlands and a Ph.D. in History of Architecture, from the Politecnico di Torino.

Specialized in research related to territorial transformations and the representation of urban dynamics, she was a founding member of the multiplicity network and has participated in numerous collective projects that combine research, exhibition and publication, most recently ‘Moscow Tales’ (Strelka Institute, Moscow) and ‘Sao Paulo Calling’ (Centro Cultural Sao Paulo, Brazil).

Insulza has taught in Canada, Chile, Italy, Holland and Russia. She is co-author of USE-Uncertain States of Europe (Skira, 2003) and Maddalena Effect, an Architectural Affair (Rizzoli International, 2009) and has widely published in international architectural magazines. She is currently Director, Program & Content at Le Forum Économique International des Amériques in Montréal.

Francisca Insulza will host together with Fabrizio Gallanti the breakout session ’21 million cities’ which is presented by Embassy of Canada in Mexico