While currently a PhD student, Cristina has over 10 years of experience working to bring together design practice and ecology through practice and research. Newly graduated as an ecologist in Mexico, she worked directly with landscape architects to apply ecological principles to the design of sustainable landscapes. She gained her master’s degree at the University of Melbourne specialising in Sustainable Cities (2014-2015) and working with the concept of Biodiversity Sensitive Design and Regenerative Design. Since then, she has coordinated education and research projects on ‘place-based development’. Her current research aims to translate ecological knowledge to support ‘place’ for both humans and non-humans to coexist. Specifically, she aspires to merge the idea of participatory design with ecology by incorporating the voice and needs of the non-humans and using this knowledge to increase the resilience of our urban areas.