Iñaki Alday is Dean and Richard Koch Chair in Architecture at Tulane University, and co-founder, with Margarita Jover, of aldayjover architecture and landscape, a multidisciplinary, research-based practice focusing on innovations in the relations between cities and rivers. Both in academic research and in practice, Alday is interested in how architecture can contribute to the inhabitation of the most challenged areas of the planet.
He has taught at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, the University of Navarra and the University of Virginia, where he was the Elwood R. Quesada Professor of Architecture and chair of the Department of Architecture from 2011 to 2016. Since 2016, he has been the co-director and founder (with Pankja Vir Gupta) of the Yamuna River Project, a long-term, interdisciplinary research program whose objective is to revitalize the ecology of the Yamuna River in the Delhi area. The project involves an interdisciplinary team with expertise in architecture, land planning, civil engineering, environmental science, public-private partnerships, anthropology, political science, history and cultural studies. The team’s objective is to engage the efforts of government agencies, experts and activists in an ongoing program to address the multidimensional challenges of Delhi and the relation with its river.