Martha Kohen graduated from the University of Cambridge and UDELAR Uruguay in architecture and urban design. Kohen directed the architecture- and urban-design office MKRO in Montevideo and has received national and international awards including the First Prize of the 2004 Sao Paulo Architecture Biennale. Past director of the School of Architecture at the University of Florida, she has lectured internationally, taught graduate and undergraduate studios, directed theses, and conducted funded research on experiential learning, community development, and the urban impacts of sea-level rise. Since 2016, she has directed the Center for Hydro-Generated Urbanism at the College of Design, Construction, and Planning, an international consortium spanning four continents. Kohen is also a member of UNESCO’s Sustainable Urban Quality and Culture Steering and Scientific Committees and a visiting professor at La Sapienza Rome University.