Nico Larco is an Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Oregon and is a Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Sustainable Cities Initiative, a nationally and internationally awarded, multidisciplinary organization that focuses on sustainability issues as they relate to the built environment.
Professor Larco’s research focus is on sustainable urban design and how technological advances are changing city form and development. He recently developed the Sustainable Urban Design Framework that identifies sustainability goals and organizes urban design elements and approaches based on these goals and a project’s scale. He is currently working on a book on the subject with Routledge that is due out in early 2018. Prof. Larco is also currently leading SCI's Urbanism Next research initiative that focuses on the impacts of emerging technologies such as autonomous vehicles, e-commerce and the sharing economy on city form, design and development.
Professor Larco has received numerous national and international awards for his work and was a 2012/13 Distinguished Fulbright Scholar in Spain. He has published in journals such as the Journal of Urban Design, the Journal of Urbanism, and the Journal of Architecture and Planning Research. His work has been the subject of articles in the New York Times, Forbes, the Chronicle of Higher Education, and the Financial Times of London. He is a licensed architect and has worked professionally in the fields of Architecture, Urban Design, Planning, and Development.
Larco runs a consulting practice in Portland—Larco/Knudson—focused on sustainable urban design and assisting with the resilience of projects in the face of rapidly changing technology. Before joining the faculty at the University of Oregon he worked at KPF, SMWM (now Perkins + Will), ARC, and was a project architect at William Rawn Associates in Boston, where he completed a pair of residence halls at Amherst that received an AIA New England Design Award and a BSA Honor Award for Design Excellence.