Ana Betancour is an architect and Professor of Architecture, the former Rector, Head of School at UMA School of Architecture, Umeå University (2015 – 2019), she was previously a professor in Urban Design at Chalmers University of Technology (2007 – 2014), and Associate Professor/ Senior Lecturer at KTH School of Architecture, Stockholm (2001 – 2007), and The Bartlett, University College London, London (1999 – 2003), and the Head of Exhibitions and Public Programme at The Museum of Architecture in Stockholm (2007 – 2009). She studied Architecture at; The Bartlett, University College London, ETSAB, School of Architecture in Barcelona, and the School of Architecture at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. She founded A + URL/ Architecture + Urban Research Laboratory (1999 – 2007), and she co-founded P.H.A.B. Architects (1996 – 2001) and the architectural practice Urban + Architecture Agency (2008 – ongoing), a multidisciplinary organisation and design practice.
Her work spans between Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Urbanism. Numerous projects investigate alternative strategies, modes of working and catalyse change within global transformations affecting cities and rural areas today. She is widely published and exhibited and is a member of various international reference groups, networks and organisations, nationally and internationally, such as member of the board of direction of the University of the Arts in Stockholm, the advisory group to the Delegation for Sustainable Cities Sweden, Chair of Jury for the Swedish Critic Award Architects Sweden, the Architectural Research European Network Association (ARENA), and a former member the steering board of the ResArc, the Swedish National Research School, the steering board of Architecture in the Making (SRE/Strong Research Environment Sweden), the Architecture Academy in Sweden, and the jury member for the Mies van der Rohe Young Talent Award, the Editorial board for FOLIO, Journal of African Architecture with CUNY, The City University of New York and UJ, University of Johannesburg, and AJAR / Arena Journal of Architectural Research, among others.