Barcelona: Javier Burón and Laia Grau, Barcelona City Council

Javier Burón, former consultant on public policies, lawyer specialized in public law (Cuatrecasas Gonçalves Pereira), Undersecretary of Housing and Planning Director of the Basque Government, legal and economic MP’s advisor at the Basque Parliament and Spanish Congress.  

Attended North Andover High School (MA USA), Universidad de Deusto (Law as a major, Economics as a minor and Master Degree on Taxes), KU Leuven (LLM) and Universidad del País Vasco (Master on Business Administration and PhD  candidate –still in progress- in Constitutional Law).  

Collaborator in different periods of AVS (Spanish Public Housing Association), GHS (Catalan Social Housing Professionals Association), ENHR (European Network of Housing Research), Eurocities Housing Working Group and Housing Europe (European Social Housing Association).  

Teacher and occasional lecturer in the fields of administrative reform and housing in different universities. 

Laia Grau, architect-urban planner by the Universidad Politècnica de Catalunya and postgraduate degree in Gender and Equality by the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.

In 2017-2019 she joined TerritorisXLM as a partner in the firm as a specialist in municipal advice on urban planning, and strategic issues of city and territory. Since 2018 she is a member of the board of trustees of the Barcelona Institute of Technology for the Habitat (BIT Habitat) foundation. She is a member of the open women’s commission of the COAC.

Since 2006 she has been part of the special body of architects of the Generalitat de Catalunya, performing different functions, until 2013 as head of the Bages region of the Territorial Commission of Urbanism of Barcelona of the Department of Territory Sustainability, advising city councils on urban planning. She has also collaborated in the drafting of urban development Master Plans for economic development, promoted by the Generalitat de Catalunya. From 1999 to 2006 she collaborated with the firm Jornet-Llop-Pastor arquitectes, in planning projects at different scales, specializing in urban planning and public space.